How Michigan built its roster

The recruiting story behind the Wolverines' journey to the Final Four

Updated: April 4, 2013, 4:17 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN RecruitingNation

Burke/BeileinJerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsJohn Beilein has returned Michigan basketball to prominence by following a blueprint for recruiting success that includes a long-range program plan and consistent player development.

Michigan has punched its ticket to the Final Four, but the Wolverines' journey to Atlanta began well before Selection Sunday, or even the start of this season. Success in college basketball starts with recruiting, so the story of Michigan's return to prominence was really years in the making.

To examine how the Wolverines built a team good enough to make the Final Four, let's break down how this roster came together via recruiting, including philosophy, the key recruiting class, the most underrated recruit and why it all worked.

Here's the story behind the story of Michigan's journey to the Final Four.