As the college basketball season rapidly approaches, students of the game will start looking at the impact players on each team. With perennial powers Kentucky and North Carolina losing players to the NBA and simply replacing them with "better" and "shinier" freshmen, these teams, along with others will have to rely on their recruiting success to catapult them to supremacy.
The class of 2012 was one of the better classes in recent years, and it will absolutely show. Recruiting, not building through the program or watching players evolve and hone their abilities, is the way to go now.
Recruiting "one-and-done" players seems to be the biggest trend in college basketball today, and while some coaches refuse to recruit such players, others relish in the thought of winning National Championship after National Championship with no remorse.
The class of 2012 will shape the landscape of the upcoming season, and these impact freshmen have a chance to do major damage along the way. After all, one player alone upgraded one team's power ranking exponentially.
With no further ado, here are some of the top recruiting successes going into the 2012 season.