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How much does recruiting matter?

When it comes to title-winning teams, top recruiting classes have been a prerequisite

Updated: October 26, 2011, 11:05 AM ET
By Drew Cannon | Special to ESPN Insider
UconnStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesUConn's run to last season's NCAA title isn't surprising considering its recent recruiting success.

It's become commonly accepted that the stakes are rising in the pursuit of elite-level college basketball recruits. Nationwide we've seen coaches hire members of a recruit's family, or his AAU coach. Assistant coaches are prized for their ability to deliver top talent. One look at the findings of our study of recruiting's importance in college basketball and you'll see why.

Based on our findings, landing top-100 talent is absolutely paramount to building a national title contender.