How the Final Four teams were built

Since we’re about to start a building/rebuilding process, a look at how the teams who got where we want to be got there.

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Not many 5-stars (these are the ESPN ratings; not sure if Rivals or 247 have different numbers) headed to Minneapolis: Austin Wiley at Auburn, Josh Langford at MSU (injured, won’t play in FF). That’s it. Coincidentally, both of them are Alabama products.

Chris Beard built his team on transfers and one three-star, Jarrett Culver, who blew up in college. Zero Raiders were ESPN Top 100 recruits. Tom Izzo has landed some five-stars who were one-and-done; Langford stuck around but got hurt in December. He has seven guys on the current roster who were ESPN top 100. Tony Bennett loaded up on four-stars like Guy, Jerome and Diakite; he has five Top 100 kids. Bruce Pearl loaded up in his first Auburn class; some of those guys are no longer around the Plains, but enough stayed to get them here. Five Top 100 guys.

Our ESPN top 100 guys this year? Gafford, Henderson, Garland. Only one of which contributed in any meaningful way.