I had a whole Saturday to burn yesterday so I made a spreadsheet and ranked the recruiting success of the top 99 programs in college basketball for the past 5 years. I used the 247 sports website and averaged all the teams yearly recruiting class ranks for a 5 year period which gave me a teams average rank per year. Then I had them ordered 1-99 based on their average. I decided on a 5 year time period because 4-5 years encompasses a recruiting programs entire recruitment cycle. Obviously a teams third and fourth years recruiting could be highly effected by who the team recruited in years 1 and 2. Also, I didnt go with a longer average say 10 years because I feel like just the previous recruiting cycle is more telling of our current program strength vs what successes/failures we had 5-10 years ago. Also…I was exhausted after entering 5 years of data.
So Im interested in everyone’s opinions on the data. I feel strongly that recruiting is the next step in becoming even more dominant in college basketball. We are an elite program when you look at our season records over the past 5 years (2015-16 29-8, 2016-17 23-11, 2017-18 31-3, 2018-19 35-3, 2019-20 14-6). We are also an elite team in the post season after winning it all last year. Where we are definitely not elite is in our recruiting. I find this actually to be a very encouraging and exciting fact. Imagine if recruiting success would become more consistent. Where would that take our basketball program? I feel like we have a higher ceiling for success than many of the other successful basketball programs out there who are hitting home runs with recruits, and having equal success or many times less success compared to UVA when it comes to simply winning.
So please expand on the data, break it down and lets hear what you take from it?
PS. You will see blanks in certain years for certain teams. These are instances where they had a year with no recruits. In these cases, I did not penalize a team for having a zero recruit year…Instead of averaging by 5 years, I took a four year average.