For high school recruits today, one of the biggest factors in their decision is how a college coach and program will prepare them for the NBA. Even if they aren't NBA material, it very well might be the biggest factor for recruits making their college choice.
A poster on our message board, fenwayfrank, did some excellent research in regard to preparing players for the NBA during Ben Howland's tenture at UCLA, and comparing it to other prominent college coaches and programs.
Howland's first recruiting class was the high school of 2004. Since that time he has signed 19 players (not counting the 2010 class that signed this November and are still high school seniors) -- 11 are on this year's team, five are in the NBA, one is playing professionally elsewhere, and two have transferred.
Here are some intriguing stats of the five ex-Bruins under Howland who are currently playing in the NBA. Emphasized are minutes per game as a good indicator of their value to their NBA team, while also listed are PPG and RPG.
Below are average minutes/PPG/RPG:
Below are the statistics of six other major programs that have had the same coach since Howland joined UCLA, including only the players who emerged from the high school class of 2004 or later:
Marvin Williams 35/14/6
Brandan Wright 17/8/4
Rudy Gay 37/20/6
Kevin Durant 38/23/5
LaMarcus Aldridge 35/17/7
D.J. Augustin 29/12/2
Daniel Gibson 24/9/2