The Harvard Crimson Have A Better Basketball Recruiting Class Coming In Than North Carolina
April 27 / Gregg Sussman / SportsGrid
The North Carolina Tar Heels are coming off a National Championship appearance. They perennially have one of the best teams in the country and can recruit pretty much any player they want to come and suit up for them. In 2016, they have the #12th best recruiting class coming in. This class consists of three top 100 players and should end up being awesome. But perhaps, not nearly as awesome as Harvard.
Under Tommy Amaker, Harvard has been an improving program. They reached the NCAA Tournament four consecutive times, from 2012-2015, after missing the postseason for over 65 years straight. Harvard has also sent Jeremy Lin to the NBA and is currently better positioned in college basketball than ever before. So much so, that in 2016, according to ESPN, they have a top ten recruiting class. Ahead of schools like North Carolina, Indiana (#17), and Maryland (#20), Harvard boasts four top 100 recruits.
These players have to meet Harvard's academic requirements, as well as their athletic ones. Harvard beat out schools such as Georgia Tech, Memphis, Notre Dame, and Miami for players in their class and is now becoming a destination for recruits. Playing at Harvard gives students the best possible education, while also giving them the ability to consistently make the NCAA Tournament. Again, it just shows the kind of job that Amaker has done in his time with the Crimson.
So basically what we are saying is that once John Calipari and Bill Self go to the NBA and Coach K retires, Harvard is going to have a top five class. In 2012 it was a revelation when Harvard made the NCAA Tournament. Now, the Crimson are positioned to want a whole lot more than just making the tournament. They are focused on becoming both Rhodes Scholars and National Champions.
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