Friday, November 16, 2012
Rankin: College basketball border wars
In sports, it's important to protect your home court. You hear all the time how vital it is to win home games.
Well, the same holds true in recruiting. Sure, it's great to have a national recruiting reach -- and the best programs can recruit across the country. But it's equally important to keep the best in-state talent home.
With that in mind, here are the schools in the bigger conferences that have best protected their borders in recruiting through the first three days of the early signing period. It's important to note that all of the classes on this list not only include multiple in-state players, but also at least one ESPN 100 prospect. Keeping talent within state borders is one thing; keeping elite talent is even better.
Note: This list includes the "big six" conferences plus Conference USA. The Atlantic 10 has no school with more than one player from its own state at this time.