Haith named nations top basketball recruiter
After 16 seasons as an assistant coach at the college level, Frank Haith was hired earlier this year to resurrect the basketball program at Miami.
A good move by the Hurricanes? If recruiting means anything, it was a steal.
The recruiting prowess of Haith, Rivals.com's 2004 National Basketball Recruiter of the Year, helped guide Texas to two Sweet 16 appearances and one trip to the Final Four during his stint in Austin.
This is the first year that Rivals.com has named a basketball recruiter of the year. Only assistant coaches were eligible for consideration.
During the 2004 recruiting season, Haith helped the Longhorns land three McDonald’s all-Americans in LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Mike Williams. In addition, Texas kept some of the state’s best players close to home such as Dion Dowell and Conner Atchley.
Before arriving in Austin, Haith was instrumental in helping lead Wake Forest to four consecutive postseason tournament appearances, including an NCAA first round showing in 2000-01. He also helped Wake Forest secure one of the nation's top 10 recruiting classes during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Finishing a close second to Haith in our rankings is Norm Roberts, who left his post as a Kansas assistant in April to take over as head coach at St. John's.
Roberts has developed the reputation as one of the game's most respected assistant/associate head coaches in college basketball. Kansas' solid class this year includes standouts such as Alexander Kaun, Darnell Jackson and Russell Robinson.
The Rivals.com top 25 recruiters, listed in no particular order:
Frank Haith, Miami
Now the head man at Miami, he has become known as an ace recruiter and was instrumental in Texas' impressive success in recent seasons.
Norm Roberts, Kansas
Was primarily responsible for keeping the stream of top prospects flowing into Kansas. Now the head coach at St. John's.
Tony Barbee, Memphis
Led the charge in keeping several Memphis kids at home and convincing Florida shooting guard Darius Washington to attend college.
Donny Daniels, UCLA
His southern California roots were vital to landing super point guard Jordan Farmar and top athlete Aaron Afflalo. All four of the incoming signees are from the Los Angeles area.
Scott Duncan, Oregon
National recruiter who has shown the ability to recruit across the country, none bigger than Malik Hairston, rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 7 player.
Anthony Grant, Florida
Young assistant coach is highly visible during the summer. Has helped Billy Donovan ink highly-rated classes in recent years.
Brad Greenberg, Virginia Tech
His NBA connections helped sell the Hokies to some of the nation’s top recruits, including Marquie Cooke and Wynton Witherspoon. Greenburg’s recruiting efforts make the transition a little smoother to the ACC.
Reggie Hanson, Kentucky
The Wildcats reeled in the best recruiting class in the nation, thanks to Hanson's key involvement with highly-regarded Detroit shooting guard Joe Crawford.
Larry Harris, N.C. State
While Duke and North Carolina experienced an up-and-down recruiting season, Harris helped the Wolfpack bring in a class that will likey stay around for four years. The state’s top player, Cedric Simmons, highlight the class.
Jeff Jackson, Vanderbilt
The Commodores were major players in the late signing period, adding size with Davis Nwankwo and Alan Metcalfe. The big men are just two of the five three-star recruits that could be among the best in school history.
Stan Jones, Florida State
As Leonard Hamilton’s assistant since his days at Miami, Jones has been the key element to the Seminoles' superb recruiting efforts.
Dean Keener, Georgia Tech
Even before the Yellow Jackets run to the 2004 national championship game, Keener helped solidify a deep class on one of the most successful staffs in the country.
Andy Kennedy, Cincinnati
Although not large in numbers, Kennedy helped the Bearcats land a class that features three high quality players.
Robert Kirby, Mississippi State
Brought in two of the South’s top big men in Walter Sharpe and Charles Rhodes. Good Southern recruiter who does a nice job of filling needs in each class.
Tom Moore, Connecticut
Losing Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon would hurt any program but Moore continues to pull in top east coast prospects, this year landing Rudy Gay and A.J. Price.
Kevin Nickleberry, Clemson
Continued to spearhead Clemson’s effort to compete in the rugged ACC. This year, he helped land in-state prospects James Mays and Troy Mathis.
Josh Pastner, Arizona
Proved that he can not only recruit in the states, but also has international appeal, landing players from Puerto Rico (Jesus Verdejo), Mali (Mohamed Tanagara) and Australia (Daniel Dillon). Also does a great job on the west coast and in Texas.
Philip Pearson, Alabama
Continued to recruit well in the South by landing one of the top point guards in the nation in Birmingham's Ron Steele and junior college all-American small forward Jean Felix.
Steve Robinson, North Carolina
The top recruiter for one of the top early signing classes. Robinson went across the country to sign J.R. Smith, Marvin Williams and Quentin Thomas.
Dave Rose, BYU
The Cougars brought in one of the surprise classes of 2004, thanks to the efforts of Rose, beating out the likes of Louisville, Gonzaga, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon for prospects.
Billy Schmidt, Dayton
Lead recruiter of a solid class that consists of five players who are expected to have impacts next year. Also persuaded top in-state players Norman Plummer and Brian Roberts to stay home.
Jeff Strohm, Marquette
One of the hardest workers in the business, Strohm leaves no stone unturned.
Butch Pierre, LSU
Has helped build a fence around his home state by signing three top in-state prospects, led by McDonald’s all-American Glen Davis.
Oronde Taliaferro, Arkansas
The Razorbacks added interior depth, an experience junior college guard and a talented walk-on thanks to the efforts of Taliaferro.
Vince Taylor, Louisville
As Rick Pitino’s right hand man, Taylor was influential in luring Brian Johnson, Terrence Farley, Lorrenzo Wade and late signing gem Tello Palacios.
To view Rivals.com's rankings of the nation's top 25 football recruiters, click here.