Great NCAA basketball coaches have always made their on-court jobs a lot easier by landing the best recruits. The ability to convince top high-schoolers that their road to basketball success leads through your campus is a vital tool in any coach’s repertoire.
The current master of that art is John Calipari, whose success at Kentucky has rested predominantly on a string of one-and-done freshman stars. This year’s collection of six McDonald’s All-Americans is just the latest notch in Calipari’s belt when it comes to dominating the recruiting scene.
Herein, a closer look at Coach Cal and his place among history’s 10 most effective coaches at bringing the best talent in the country to their collegiate rosters.