How Michigan built its roster

John Beilein has returned Michigan basketball to prominence by following a blueprint for recruiting success that includes a long-range program plan and consistent player development. Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports

Michigan has punched its ticket to the Final Four, but the Wolverines' journey to Atlanta began well before Selection Sunday, or even the start of this season. Success in college basketball starts with recruiting, so the story of Michigan's return to prominence was really years in the making.

To examine how the Wolverines built a team good enough to make the Final Four, let's break down how this roster came together via recruiting, including philosophy, the key recruiting class, the most underrated recruit and why it all worked.

Here's the story behind the story of Michigan's journey to the Final Four.