UK Coach John Calipari and Arizona Coach Sean Miller were both hired by their respective schools in 2009. Since then, they’ve established themselves as arguably the two greatest recruiters of top-flight talent currently working in college basketball.
Calipari, of course, seems to get just about every five-star prospect that he seriously pursues. Miller has made Arizona the destination program for the best high school players on the West Coast.
Miller landed another five-star recruit — 2015 guard Tyler Dorsey — over the weekend. Dorsey, from California, joins Stanley Johnson, Aaron Gordon and Brandon Ashley as the latest highly touted player to leave the Golden State for Tuscon.
Dorsey is the ninth five-star recruit — according to Scout.com’s rankings — to commit to Arizona since Miller was hired. That’s the third-highest total since 2009, trailing only Calipari and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
Here’s a look at the coaches who have secured the most five-star commitments in that time:
|Roy Williams||North Carolina||8|
|Ben Howland||UCLA (former)||5|
|Thad Matta||Ohio State||5|
Fun facts: John Calipari’s 20 five-star commitments at Kentucky have come from 14 states (and another one — Enes Kanter — came from Turkey. Six of Sean Miller’s nine five-star commitments have come from California. The others are from New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Louisiana.