I keep waiting for basketball recruits to realize how good a coach Monty is, especially for big men but who can argue that he got the most that could be expected out and NBA notice of Brevin Knight, Chris Hernandez, Jerome Randle, Jorge Gutierrez, and Patrick Christopher, etc. I thought Gregg Gottlieb was going to be answer after all his success in being primary recruiting lead for forming the SDSU team that went to the sweet 16 this year. I don't understand losing recruits to UCLA, it feels like Peter Carroll/Ed Orgeron era USC or the Nike Direct Outlet/Free Laptop Program of UO. The history is obviously vaunted and Howland went to back to back championship losses but has as little clue on how to coach offense as Ben Braun - he literally lowered the NBA draft positions of Jrue Holliday, Malcolm Lee, Tyler Honeycutt, Darren Collison, and Drew Gordon. Westbrook and Love are dominant NBA players and weren't that in college, although you could argue maturity and game development.
In football, Tosh Pupoi puts virtually any defensive line (and many linebacker) recruits in the country within reach as well many top Samoan prospects given the family atmosphere and traditions that he has established. Ron Gould and Kenwick Thompson help draw mostly RBs and DBs from the huge Texas pool (the huge list of year early commits of UT is incredible). Tedford's tie to the Elite 11 and his QB lineage always him to grab one of the top pro-style QBs from that list every year. I don't see any similar pipelines in basketball. While I think Monty is much better teacher and X-and O coach than Tedford, the last two recruiting seasons seem to have underperformed as some feared when he was hired. I know they are different sports and bball has much fewer spots but can basketball learn from football recruiting?
I like the Football Family/Group Approach to Recruiting:
Jim Hanifan's grandson: Austin Hinder
Brian Tregg's son: Bryce Treggs
Hardy Nickerson's son: Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
SydQuan Thompson's brother: Shaquille Thompson
The Grant High Sactown Posse:
The Gully Guiford NC Group: Chris Martin (lead gatherer)
The Cali Swag 5:
Zach Kline (lead gatherer)