As a rule, the elite schools have no recruiting boundaries.
North Carolina, Connecticut, Duke, Arizona (in its Lute Olson prime), and many others pride themselves on being able to attract players from sea to shining sea.
But Tom Izzo has now gone to five Final Fours since 1999 by sticking to the recruiting basics. If he could populate the Michigan State roster exclusively with Michigan kids, he would. He gets a few from neighboring Ohio, and there’s an occasional Indiana, Illinois or Minnesota. It’s almost a given that when he recruits a player, the young man’s family can drive to the games.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, you say. What about this kid Chris Allen? He comes from Lawrenceville, Ga. Doesn’t that mess up the premise?