Periodically, though, they do slip through, and for Duke, it was a good thing when Mike Gminski did.
Gminski was a gifted athlete who happened to be 6-11 and solid at an early age - and also an excellent student. In fact, he was such a good student that he got to leave high school a year early, a fact which most recruiters overlooked, much to former coach Bill Foster's delight.
When he visted Duke, a former teammate told us that Gminski was huge. "He filled the entire doorway," he marveled. He soon filled more than that.
Duke had a real center for the first time, really, since Mike Lewis left. Gminski didn't wait long to make his mark. Against N.C. State, he blocked three shots in a row on one possession.
In his sophomore year, when Banks and Dennard showed up, they formed, with Gminski, the Duke Power Company, and became one of the best passing Duke teams in history.
The chances of a Gminski slipping under the radar now are slim to none, but everyone is always looking for a sleeper. It's one or the things that really makes recruiting fun.