Duke's Jeff Capel tops CBB recruiter rankings

We’ve all heard it hundreds of times: recruiting is the lifeblood of a college basketball program. Player development, Xs and Os, scouting -- they’re all important. But without getting players, programs are going to struggle. A head coach can be the greatest motivator and game-planner in the world, but if his assistants aren’t helping him get high-level talent, or players to fit his system, it’s going to be tough to win consistently.

We surveyed nearly 60 coaches over the last couple of weeks to get feedback on the best recruiters at the assistant coach level. Our list was comprised of a combination of guys other recruiters don’t want to face in a recruiting battle, and those that have simply been impressive over a period of time. Using those responses as a guideline, here’s a look at the top recruiting assistant coaches in the country: