Who is best recruiter Moos, Cougs can find?

THIS PAST SUMMER, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish and colleagues Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander spent July traveling the country to talk recruiting with college basketball coaches. They posed a question to everyone they talked with: All resources being equal, who is the best recruiter in the sport?

A whopping 49 percent said John Calipari of Kentucky. No other coach even reached double digits.

Parrish actually thought 49 percent was low in light of his assessment that Calipari has "established himself as the greatest recruiter in the history of college athletics" by building something out of nothing at both UMass and Memphis, and then putting Kentucky into overdrive when he arrived there in 2009.

Bill Moos said yesterday that the ability to recruit is foremost on the list of attributes he wants in Washington State's next basketball coach.

Well, Calipari isn't likely to be lured away from Lexington, and neither are other esteemed talent warriors like Sean Miller, Tom Izzo and Billy Donovan. So who's the next-best thing the Cougs can go after?

Yes, Moos has expressed a strong preference for a head coach. But he also said yesterday a lot of the coaches going to the NCAA tournament are in that position not because of their coaching acumen, but because of their recruiting. The following assistants are all considered top-notch recruiters and have been oft-mentioned as future head coaches.

Kenny Payne, Kentucky
According to his official bio page at Kentucky, Payne played a key part in Calipari's 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes, the school's third and fourth consecutive top-ranked classes. Payne, before arriving in Lexington, also received much of the credit for Oregon's recruiting successes during his time there (2004-10). When it comes to Payne, Calipari has acknowledged: "His recruiting speaks for itself."

Russ Springmann, Texas
After two sub-par seasons for the Longhorns, Springman has been given much of the recruiting credit for Texas' resurgence this season, with the entire current roster made up of underclassmen. Springmann's "gets" include Kevin Durant, D.J. Augustin and Damion James, and he's been mentioned as a future head coach for a while - it's something of a surprise he's still at Texas for his 16th season, though he reportedly turned down the Mississippi State job last year.

Dwayne Stephens, Michigan State
Stephens is the associate head coach and specializes in big men development for Tom Izzo. But his recruiting talents might be the top line of his resume. He's been named to a slew of "top recruiters" lists over the years. His MSU track record includes landing Draymond Green, Gary Harris, Delvon Roe and Kalin Lucas.

Damon Stoudamire, Arizona
When Stoudamire talks about what prospects need to do to get to the NBA, recruits listen. He excelled at Memphis on the recruiting trail in just his two short years there, (Shaq Goodwin, Markel Crawford, Geron Johnson, Pookie Powell, Nick King) and has had a hand in the Wildcats' three 5-star recruits the last two classes. Stoudamire has made it clear he wants to be a head coach.

Greg Gottlieb, California
Gottlieb knows the LA recruiting area inside and out. Under Mike Montgomery at Cal, he's helped the Bears win SoCal recruiting battles for players such as Justin Cobbs and Richard Solomon.

Tony Stubblefield, Oregon
Dana Altman likely isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and Stubblefield has built a strong recruiting reputation at both Oregon (Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis) and Cincinnati (Yancy Gates, Lance Stephenson and Sean Kilpatrick.) And just throwing this out there: is there any other school Bill Moos wouldn't enjoy sticking it to more than Oregon by bringing one of their coaches to Pullman?

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