In college basketball, a team's fortunes can change with a single player, making the recruiting period fiercely competitive. Traditional powers Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas regularly snag targeted recruits, while less accomplished programs scrutinize prospects for untapped potential.
Yet, for every diamond in the rough, dozens more deliver as expected. Among 2010's consensus 5-star recruits, Brandon Knight, Kyrie Irving, Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes and Tristan Thompson are all contributing to NBA rosters or leading their respective schools toward the postseason.
With that kind of slugging percentage, it's little wonder coaches spend so much time on the red eye.
Come inside for a look at the nation's recruiting hotbeds.