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By LARRY VAUGHT
Who is the best recruiter in college basketball?
Kentucky fans certainly were not surprised that Scott Gleeson of USA Today sports ranked UK’s John Calipari No. 1.
Here’s what he wrote about Calipari: “There’s no question Calipari is the best recruiter in college basketball. Since arriving in Lexington, he’s landed a wide array of five-star recruits including John Wall, Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. Over the past five years, Calipari and his staff have reeled in a whopping 15 five-star recruits. He affirmed his dominance atop the recruiting world with his 2013 class that could be one of the best freshmen groups since the Fab 5 in the early 1990s. The vaunted incoming class — which boasts top-10 recruits Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and James Young — will pin the Wildcats as the top team in the country heading into the season.”
He went with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kansas’ Bill Self, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Arizona’s Sean Miller complete his top five. He gave honorable mentions to Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Tom Crean (Indiana), Josh Pastner (Memphis), Billy Donovan (Florida), John Beilein (Michigan).
What about Louisville coach Rick Pitino? He was not mentioned by Gleeson, which seemed a bit of a surprise given the success Pitino has had in his career and based on the 2014 recruiting class he’s already assembled.
So how would you rank the nation’s best recruiters? Would Pitino make your top 10?