There seems to be an unlikely Cinderella story in college basketball every March.
It’s part of the reason America loves the NCAA tournament so much. We fall for the underdog, and in a single-elimination format, anything can (and usually does) happen.
Nevertheless, for every Gonzaga, VCU and George Mason that makes a deep run in March, there are 10 blue-blood programs waiting for them in later rounds. What’s more, it is these powerhouse teams (Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State, etc.) that dominate the rankings and take home most of the trophies, be it conference championships or the ultimate prize.
The quickest way to shift the typical balance of power within conferences or on a national stage is to compete with (and beat) the powerhouse programs on the recruiting trail. After all, the future of a program is entirely dependent on how effective its coach is at convincing 17- and 18-year-old kids to wear the right colors.
Here are five recruiting coups that could shift the balance of power in the near future in some of the power conferences.
*All recruiting rankings are provided by Scout.com.