Recruiting has become a vital part of every college basketball program. Teams put almost as much emphasis on recruiting for the future as they do winning in the present.
But how does a coach manage to land recruits? With everyone vying for their talents, recruits can become divas—mercenaries for hire, taking a better college experience as currency.
Even in this simplistic view, it is difficult to understand how recruits truly choose their college. Every player is looking for something different in his college experience.
To some, all that matters is their playing time and status amongst their teammates. On the other hand, some players want to get a good education along with playing sports at these universities.
There are plenty of ways to recruit, which have obviously shaped some coaches into excellent recruiters. Every college is different, but some manage to pull in the best recruits year after year.
How do these universities do it? It's always different, but each school has certain things going for it.