For Brad Brownell and his Clemson Tigers, the only future that matters right now is the one right in front of them. And what the future holds today is a noon tipoff against Boston College at Conte Forum, a game that provides the visitors with their next best opportunity to win a road game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It certainly seems doable; the Eagles have lost their past three home games and sit only 1-6 in the league.
Clemson, meanwhile, is on a two-game winning streak and comes to Chestnut Hill with some real confidence.
But those who watch today's game, whether in person or locally on WMYA, also will get a glimpse of the future.
And that future should be bright for both clubs.
The Tigers, of course, only have two seniors on their 13-man roster.
Those seniors are Devin Booker and Milton Jennings, who have been relied on to carry heavy loads in league play.
Booker has led by effort, production and example, showing that even the flu can't stop him from crashing the boards with authority. He also only needs five points to join the program's 1,000-point club.
Jennings, wildly inconsistent when it comes to scoring, is quite reliable as a rebounder. He has had five or more boards in all eight of his team's conference games and averages eight per night in ACC action.
Apart from them are six sophomores and five freshmen, all but one expected to be back in 2013-14 and every returnee expected to elevate the program.
They are off to a good, early start.
Seven of them scored from the field during Tuesday's win against Georgia Tech and most of them got quality minutes.
Sophomore forward K.J. McDaniels continues to demonstrate his star potential with three consecutive double digit games, while sophomore guards Rod Hall and Damarcus Harrison have become fan favorites thanks to their aggressive, fast-pace style.
Harrison will spend two years on a church mission beginning next season but sophomore Devin Coleman and freshman Jaron Blossongame will step in after using redshirt years in 2012-13.
In terms of age and experience, BC is similar to Clemson with seven sophomores, four freshmen, one junior and a grad student filling out the roster.
The Eagles' starting lineup, however, showcases three sophomores and two freshmen, all having to grow up quickly and discovering that growing pains can be, well, pretty painful.
Even so, sophomore forward Ryan Anderson, sophomore guard Lonnie Jackson, freshman guard Oliver Hanlan and freshman guard Joe Rahon average double figures for BC.
Those numbers haven't been enough this season, but they bode well for the future.
And the immediate future is about one team trying to climb up the ACC standings and the other hoping to climb out of the conference's cellar.
But for those who like to peer into the crystal ball a bit, this afternoon will provide a snapshot of better, brighter basketball days to come in both Clemson and Boston.