In second-leading scorer Damier Pitts, fourth-leading scorer Shaquille Johnson and 3-point specialist Dago Pena, Herrion acknowledges the team "lost three very good players who had good careers."
But, he added, "You can't blink. That's the exciting part for the coach is the challenge of not only hoping to assimilate a level of talent, but now putting those pieces together."
The newcomers - especially freshman point guard Kareem Canty and junior college transfers D.D. Scarver and Elijah Pittman - will play key roles.
The fabric of Herrion hoops - defense and rebounding - will continue to be stressed, although the coach admits the former was not up to standards last season.
One team statistic - defensive field goal percentage - has risen from 39.6 in Donnie Jones' last year with the program to 42.1 and 45.0 percent under Herrion.
That's something that keeps Herrion tossing and turning.
"Trust me, I went back in the offseason to evaluate and we were not good enough defensively," he said. "That led to some of our demise. We have the talent and the pieces to become a much more consistent and better defensive team.
"We're longer, we're more athletic, we're bigger, we're stronger. Our personnel should be a better fit."
Between Pitts, Johnson, Pena and Coleman, the team lost 81 percent of last year's 3-point shooting.
Herrion acquiesced and used those weapons and played to the team's strengths, but the offense will evolve with new bodies and new skill sets.
"Every team has different strengths and weaknesses and our strength is going to be along the baseline with our depth and size," Herrion said. "I think we can create more tempo with this team, extend the floor, get more pressure at times."
The implementation of Herrionball is almost complete, which he hopes ends a quarter century drought in a tournament he knows can be reached in Year 3.
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