There seems to be two schools of thought on recruiting in college basketball. On one hand, everyone is chasing the McDonalds All Americans every year and I don’t think there is a school or fanbase who would turn down what Kentucky has coming in next year. On the other hand, it is always nice to have a group of upperclassmen to lean on as well, as the Kentucky approach can be precarious: if a school misevaluates a kid or two, or the class as a whole ends up being not very good, then you end up losing to Robert Morris in the NIT.
To be sure, I don’t think recruiting is unimportant. Most Final Four teams have plenty of top 50 and 25 ranked recruits. But I also think it gets overvalued a bit. For example, this tweet from ESPN’s Dave Telep.
So that could mean a couple of things. Either recruiting isn’t as important as recruiting experts make it out to be, or most recruiting experts aren’t very good at their jobs.
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