Recruiting is one of the most important things in all of college basketball. Teams can be built or broken by the strength of their recruiting classes. Powerhouses like Kentucky and Duke are notorious for acquiring the best talent across the nation, but even they can't grab them all. Here are four college basketball teams who will be on the rise this season after some excellent work on the recruiting field.
UNLV did an outstanding job on the recruiting field this year, managing to bring in some high-profile recruits -- most notably Brandon McCoy, a five-star power forward out of San Diego. McCoy will be joined by four-star recruits Chiekh Mbacke Diong and Shakur Juiston. The Rebels struggled under new head coach Marvin Menzies in his debut season, but perhaps their work on the recruiting field can find them back in the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
Alabama managed to recruit an elite class of prospects in 2017, with 247Sports ranking their class as the No. 8 overall in the nation. Among the class is five-star guard Collin Sexton, the No. 6 overall recruit in the nation. Sexton will change the tide for Bama as they look to compete in the SEC. Alabama also snagged four-star recruits John Petty and Alex Reese, both Alabama natives.
Texas recruited one of the top classes in the nation this year, highlighted by Mo Bamba. The 7-footer may be the best Longhorn recruit since Kevin Durant, and he will eat up minutes during his freshman year. Bamba will likely be gone after this year, but the Longhorns also scooped up four four-star recruits Matt Coleman, Jericho Sims, Royce Hamm, and Jase Febres. The future looks bright in Austin, and some of these new studs will become fan favorites.
When the University of Washington parted ways with ex-head coach Lorenzo Romar, they inadvertently handed Missouri two elite prospects: the Porter brothers. Romar is the godfather of Michael Porter Jr., whose commitment to the Huskies vanished along with their head coach. The brothers decided to play ball at Missouri, where their father occupies a coaching role. Jontay and Michael Porter are both five-star recruits, and they will be joined by four-star talents Blake Harris and CJ Roberts. Missouri will be a top team this year.