I think each and every player--even those who did not get many minutes this year--are capable of returning and making significant contributions, either off the bench or in a starting role, if they put the work in. Having a better record next year is not guaranteed, and it will require hard work in the weight room and gym starting NOW.
I think someone like French could be really good in this league. Question is how bad does he, like others on the team, want it. Hard work and effort is what the America East is built on. Four-Star guys with natural athletic ability and skill don't play in this league (with rare exception). Those who stay and put in the work will be champions.
Do a couple small things very well. Imagine if French and Lauderdale worked on their 10-15 foot jumpers this off season and got really consistent at that range? Picture having guys like that flash the high key against a zone, spin, and shoot. Imagine if our bigs worked their forearms and biceps all winter and protected the ball even 50% better? Imagine if our guards turned the ball over half as much? Little things matter, and if everyone focusses one one or two things that they can improve upon and do well, this team can beat a Vermont (and a lot of other teams).