Building a Top 25 college basketball program starts with recruiting, and these are the recruits that brought the best teams in college basketball history to the top.
If you don't believe in the power of recruiting, I refer you to John Calipari's National Championship run with Kentucky. Coach Cal is the best recruiter in the game today, and this has helped him to finally win the NCAA tournament.
Recruiting can be vital for many reasons other than building a program. It can also be trend-setting and convince other recruits to join the program, which is what Kyle Anderson did at UCLA this year, convincing Jordan Adams, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker to join the Bruins.
For various reasons, these are the most important recruits for the best schools in college basketball.
The teams on this list are my power rankings for the best programs in college basketball history. These rankings are based on wins, conference successes, NCAA tournament appearances, National Championships, etc.
With that, these are the most important recruits ever for the Top 25 programs in college basketball history.