The college basketball coaching carousel produced more than 50 new hires last spring. But the honeymoon period in Division I hoops is short and the pressure to recruit well and win will be immediate in most cases.
Steve Lavin of St. John's was the recruiting king of first-year coaches in 2010-11, finishing behind only Kentucky in MaxPreps' look at the nation's top classes
last spring. Lavin inked nine players from seven different states, as well as junior college big man God's Gift Achiuwa, a native of Nigeria. That group took a hit recently when three signees were ruled ineligible for at least half the season.
It's unlikely that any first-year coach will have the same type of recruiting success that Lavin did this year, but several new faces in new places are off to a hot start in the talent-acquisition game. Let it flowIt hasn't taken long for this group of five new head coaches to begin piping in talented prospects.