For college basketball coaches, the regular season lasts four months, but recruiting is a year-round job. Even as they’re battling to win one year’s games, they have to ensure future victories by signing the nation’s best new prospects to keep their rosters loaded.
That job has become even tougher in the era of the one-and-done freshman, when even the biggest recruiting coup can evaporate a season later.
Ohio State’s Thad Matta, whose famed "Thad Five" saw its three best players bolt for the NBA after one run to the NCAA title game, is one recruiter who has learned how to reload quickly, no matter how much talent he loses.
Read on for more on Matta, along with 11 more coaches who have managed to thrive in the hazy region between “What have you done for me lately?” and “What will you do for me tomorrow?”