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By Mike DeCourcy of sporting news
1. NORTH CAROLINA. How many kids in America wouldn’t take Carolina’s call?
2. UCLA. The location and tradition are incredible, but agents prowling the region threaten to knock this one down the list.
3. TEXAS. There’s so much talent and money — and minimal pressure to win it all. What more could a coach want?
4. KENTUCKY. Perhaps more than any other program, Kentucky makes certain there is life beyond basketball for those who prove themselves to be committed Wildcats.
5. OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes earned the 2011 NCAA Tournament No. 1 overall seed with a rotation featuring six in-state recruits.
6. INDIANA. This state produced Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Gordon Hayward for others, but the best are starting to join the Hoosiers again.
7. KANSAS. If getting talent weren’t such a chore, KU would fight UNC for the top spot.
8. DUKE. With Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is the country’s most powerful program. What will it be when he retires?
9. MARYLAND. The area they’re now calling the DMV—D.C./Maryland/Northern Virginia—might be the country’s richest talent mine.
10. ARIZONA. The brand name Lute Olson established makes this program a factor with nearly every player west of the Rockies.
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Pretty solid list but I personally wouldn't put OSU in there.
What does everyone else think?
Ooh, good topic. Here's my take:
1. Kentucky: kinda disappointed to see DeCourcy rank them so low. Most passionate fan base, tons of money, great rivalry games, excellent tradition, etc. The whole state of Kentucky is focused on UK bball.
2. North Carolina: second-best tradition in college bball, IMO. Plus they have a terrific brand (with the help of MJ and other stars). Lots of money and the top rivalry in hoops right now (vs Duke).
3. Kansas: second-most passionate fans. Very similar to Kentucky, but with a little less shimmer and fewer championships in the trophy case.
4. UCLA: most championships in history. Great recruiting pool. Fans are not impressive, however.
5. Indiana: passionate fan base and excellent tradition.
6. Duke: Coach K made this an elite job. Great game day atmosphere. Great brand.
7. Ohio State: rich talent pool. Starting to build a bit of a tradition. Fans are becoming more devoted.
8. Michigan State: Solid tradition, but Izzo has taken the program to a new level.
9. Syracuse: arguably the top program in the northeast. And arguably the top program in the top conference right now (Big East).
10. Texas: has the resources to be a perennial power. Great recruiting pool and great brand.
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I agree. No way UK is the 4th best coaching job out there. I was surprised to see them that low.
UNC and UK are 1-2 imo
then the rest of the blue bloods plus Ohio State/Texas and then I like a group of MD, Zona, MSU and Louisville in no particular order
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