Oh, come on, you knew who was topping this list.
And Shaka Smart will continue topping any of these lists written by people with a clue until April 8, 2017. The VCU Rams have won at least 26 games in each of Smart's five seasons, a tenure that has lasted long enough for the coach to fill his roster with his own recruits.
And those recruits keep getting better. Forward Terry Larrier is VCU's first-ever RSCI top-40 signee, and he may struggle to crack the starting lineup ahead of veterans such as Mo Alie-Cox and Jordan Burgess.
Smart is primarily known for his "Havoc" defense, but critics are justified when they point out that the system has its flaws.
While Smart's last three teams have led the nation in defensive turnover percentage, per Pomeroy, none have finished better than 98th nationally in effective field-goal percentage defense. Essentially, the Rams gamble hard for turnovers and leave themselves vulnerable when the opponent doesn't crack.
Still, Smart's system is distinctive and eye-catching, which will help the level of recruits continue rising. That is, as long as Smart can find elite players interested in fighting through his grueling conditioning regimen and playing an exhausting defensive style.
Perhaps that's why Smart has repeatedly spurned offers to take over bigger programs. UCLA fans, for example, would expect recruits of a certain level, and players of that ilk aren't always noted defensive stoppers (see Muhammad, Shabazz).
The Wisconsin native wouldn't even bolt for an open job at Marquette, despite some overanxious reporters praying that scoop would break. Marquette ranked sixth in the nation in basketball spending in 2013, according to Basketball State, so resources weren't the question. Smart simply seems to love his deal in Richmond.
If you see something wrong with that, then Smart probably turned your team down, too.