YouTube is a college basketball coach's best friend right now, thanks to the NCAA's recruiting calendar.
The hoops recruiting season is in the middle of an extended period of dormancy, as contact with prospective athletes is limited to written correspondence, phone calls and the occasional visit on a college campus. The most recent evaluation period ended in late April, and another won't come around until July 9.
That's a long time for coaches putting together their 2015 recruiting plans to go without getting to watch their future stars in action.
Good thing nearly every top recruit has a highlight reel video—commonly called a mixtape—posted online for anyone and everyone to see.
We've picked out eight of these mixtapes from some of the most noteworthy players in the Class of 2015 that should be considered essential viewing. Enjoy them for the dunks, the dimes and the teardrop jumpers, as well as for the music and production values devoted to an Internet video whose main purpose is to wow college coaches.
(NOTE: All recruiting ratings courtesy of 247 Sports' composite rankings)