NCAA Basketball Recruiting: 10 Teams Who Have Dropped the Ball with 2013 Class
Effective recruiting is a huge part of college basketball success.
If you don't have the players, it's hard to compete in the top conferences and against the best teams.
Here are 10 teams that have dropped the ball when it comes to bringing in top talent in the recruiting class of 2013.
This doesn't mean that these are bad teams or that their coaches haven't done a good job of recruiting in the past.
This is simply looking at the new players these programs will be bringing on to campus starting next season.
Recruiting info from ESPN.com.
10. Gonzaga Bulldogs
It's hard to argue with Mark Few's success over his time as the Zags head coach.
You would think, at some point though, that he would be able to leverage his accomplishments and pull in a few more big-time recruits.
So far this year, the Zags have commitments from two 2-star recruits.
Unless some miraculous transformation takes place, neither of these incoming players will be ready to contribute for some time to come.
9. Creighton Bluejays
The Bluejays are getting ready to lose a ton of talent and experience.
And the possibility exists that Doug McDermott, the nation's No. 2 scorer, will enter this year's NBA draft.
To restock the program, Creighton's recruiting class of 2013 consists of a 3-star, a 2-star and a "not rated" recruit.
Greg McDermott better hope that his son stays around for his senior season.
8. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is having a tough season, going 13-12 (4-10 Big East) so far.
And it's very possible that the Scarlet Knights could lose their four remaining regular-season games.
Head coach Mike Rice must be counting on his returning players improving next year because his recruits may not initially make much of a difference.
Rutgers’ class of 2013 consists of a 3-star point guard and an undersized small forward/JUCO transfer.
It's not going to get any easier after next year when the Scarlet Knights move on to the Big Ten.
7. Ole Miss Rebels
The Ole Miss Rebels are right in the thick of things, currently sitting in third place in the SEC behind Florida and Alabama.
Instead of capitalizing on this year's success, Andy Kennedy is bringing in a recruiting class of 2013 that consists of two projects and an unrated player.
Not sure what Kennedy's plan is to replace Murphy Holloway, but I don't think it involves any of these incoming players.
6. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers were out of the gate fast this season, winning 15 of their first 16 games.
But in the last month, Minnesota has only won three of their last 10 games.
The Gophers' two 3-star recruits will eventually be good but won't do much to fill the gaping holes up front.
5. Penn State Nittany Lions
Talk about a program that needs to do something to get better.
Head coach Pat Chambers and Penn State (8-17, 0-13 Big Ten) are struggling through a second season of horrendous basketball.
The Nittany Lions have lost 27 of their last 31 conference games.
Looking at PSU's 2013 recruiting class, help is not on the way anytime soon.
The four-player class is made up of one 3-star and three 2-star additions.
4. Iowa Hawkeyes
Fran McCaffery took on a big rebuilding job when he went to Iowa City in 2010.
The program was stuck in a place of Big Ten mediocrity.
After pulling in a nice 2012 recruiting class, the Iowa head coach needed to add another top-level group or player to keep momentum going.
However, the only recruit who will be added to next year's Hawkeyes roster is a 3-star in-state player who wasn't exactly in high demand by many top-tier teams.
3. Kansas State Wildcats
Bruce Weber needs to rebuild his talent base with "his players."
This year's success is built on "Frank Martin's recruits."
The Wildcats are doing great in Weber's first year in Manhattan. But, if he can't start pulling in some big-time commitments, K-State will slide back into Big 12 mediocrity...fast.
Right now, Weber's class of 2013 consists of one 2-star and three 3-star recruits.
When you are replacing Rodney McGruder and Jordan Henriquez, you'd like to have more developed talent coming to campus.
2. Texas Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns are one of the youngest teams in college basketball.
Rick Barnes has had to load up with a dozen recruits over the last two years.
Because UT is facing its first year of not making it to the NCAA tournament under Barnes, you'd think that they would have been looking for the next Kevin Durant or LaMarcus Aldridge to bring to campus.
Instead, they have brought in one 3-star point guard who may or may not be able to step in and contribute next season.
1. Michigan State Spartans
I guess that for Tom Izzo and the Spartans, recruiting in the class of 2013 is all or nothing.
They were in the Jabari Parker sweepstakes until the final round. But after Parker chose Duke, Michigan State's recruiting seemingly shifted into a different gear.
According to ESPN's recruiting site for MSU, they are only currently considering two 3-star high school recruits and have no other commitments.
Even with Derrick Nix being the only senior on this year's Spartans roster, you'd think that Izzo would have targeted another elite-level player to bring in.