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How 12 Final Four Stars Were Rated By Top Recruiting Services Before College

Most players weren't blue-chip recruits.

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Three major recruiting services are considered the authority on evaluating the talent of top high school and junior college players. If your play earns the attention of, or ESPN's recruiting website, chances are you'll be playing college basketball at some level. Rivals and Scout rank players based on a five-star system. ESPN rates players on a 1-100 scale (they didn't start using stars at all until 2010). However, a player's ranking doesn't always determine their own or their team's future success. Of the following 12 players, only one had a five-star rating, and that was from only one of the three recruiting services.

Louisville Cardinals


Michigan Wolverines


Syracuse Orange


Wichita State Shockers


They have watched the entire tournament from home.