Recruiting is a vital aspect of college basketball, as John Calipari's freshmen-led Kentucky teams have proved in recent years. Freshmen play a much bigger role now than they did before the one-and-done rule, and recruiting can turn a sub-standard program into an elite one.
Sean Miller's Arizona Wildcats look to be on the rise because of their recruiting, as he has landed three of the top nine recruits in the 2012 class and four in the Top 25.
Apart from Arizona, these schools are all gaining ground on the elite programs in the country, such as Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and the rest of the top 25.
Recruiting is the key to consistently being a top 25 team, and these teams are on their way to doing so.