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It's become commonly accepted that the stakes are rising in the pursuit of elite-level college basketball recruits. Nationwide we've seen coaches hire members of a recruit's family, or his AAU coach. Assistant coaches are prized for their ability to deliver top talent. One look at the findings of our study of recruiting's importance in college basketball and you'll see why.

Based on our findings, landing top-100 talent is absolutely paramount to building a national title contender.

This isn't to say that when your team misses on that top-10 big man, the program will be irrevocably damaged. And similarly there have always been the 2010 Butlers, 2003 Marquettes and 2002 Marylands -- teams who found NCAA tournament success disproportionate to their players' one-time recruiting buzz. All of those examples prove that it is possible to win without a collection of much-lauded recruits. Possible, but not likely.

Using ESPN senior college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep's rankings for the classes of 2002 to 2011, here are the eight schools with the most top-100 signings
 

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1. Duke (34)

2. North Carolina (30)
T-3. Kansas (27)
T-3. Kentucky (27)
T-5. Arizona (25)
T-5. Connecticut (25)
T-5. Florida (25)
T-5. Syracuse (25)


Over the nine-year span since the class of 2002 entered college, the eight best recruiting programs accounted for all nine national championships (Syracuse Orange in 2003,Connecticut Huskies in 2004 and 2011, North Carolina Tar Heels in 2005 and 2009, Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007, Kansas Jayhawks in 2008, Duke Blue Devils in 2010)
 

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just some snip its... theres more then just these... DOES RECRUITING MATTER?
Using ESPN senior college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep's past rankings, we've listed here the top eight players from each of the past nine national championship-winning teams, based on minutes played. Each player's top-100 ranking is listed in parenthesis, and players who weren't ranked in the top 100 are indicated with "NR."


National championship winners, 2003-2005



Syracuse 2003
Connecticut 2004
North Carolina 2005

C. Anthony (2) B. Gordon (34) R. Felton (3)
G. McNamara (38) T. Brown (13) S. May (10)
H. Warrick (74) E. Okafor (77) J. Williams (13)
K. Duany (NR) D. Brown (32) R. McCants (7)
J. McNeil (NR) R. Anderson (28) J. Manuel (27)
C. Forth (53) J. Boone (NR) M. Williams (7)
B. Edelin (39) C. Villanueva (7) D. Noel (NR)
J. Pace (NR) H. Armstrong (NR) M. Scott (41)
 
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They should try top 30 next time. It will be more telling, IMO.
 
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just some snip its... theres more then just these... DOES RECRUITING MATTER?
Using ESPN senior college basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep's past rankings, we've listed here the top eight players from each of the past nine national championship-winning teams, based on minutes played. Each player's top-100 ranking is listed in parenthesis, and players who weren't ranked in the top 100 are indicated with "NR."
2003-2005 | 2006-2008 | 2009-2011
National championship winners, 2003-2005
Syracuse 2003
Connecticut 2004
North Carolina 2005
C. Anthony (2) B. Gordon (34) R. Felton (3)
G. McNamara (38) T. Brown (13) S. May (10)
H. Warrick (74) E. Okafor (77) J. Williams (13)
K. Duany (NR) D. Brown (32) R. McCants (7)
J. McNeil (NR) R. Anderson (28) J. Manuel (27)
C. Forth (53) J. Boone (NR) M. Williams (7)
B. Edelin (39) C. Villanueva (7) D. Noel (NR)
J. Pace (NR) H. Armstrong (NR) M. Scott (41)

Josh Boone was 4 star, #65 overall by Scout in 2003. Dave Telep was director of scouting for Scout then.
 
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Butler would have blown up this thesis if they had won during the past 2 years.
 
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Butler would have blown up this thesis if they had won during the past 2 years.
And to think there are people on this board that wouldn't want their coach to follow Jim Calhoun. That guy is an amazing coach. Unlike the squid, he doesn't get an inexplicable number of Top 10 players and, unlike the squid, he gets his team to perform well above expectations.
 
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