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John Blanchette: Recruiting evolves but Gonzaga’s standards remain

Once upon a time long, long ago in college basketball, there was a pretty uniform look to recruiting: junior college prospects to fill instant needs, freshmen for “program players.” There was also, with the enrollment of each recruiting class, a sense of plotting toward a grail.

Gonzaga’s follow-up formula impressive after landmark seasons

Gonzaga seems to have the hang of this year-after-the-year thing. Long recognized nationally for its string of 19 straight NCAA Tournaments, the Zags have moved into the forefront the last five years with arguably the three best seasons in program history.

NCAA notebook: North Carolina aims for big follow-up to NCAA title run

The Tar Heels enter the season as the reigning national champion after spending last year chasing another shot following a crushing loss in the 2016 final. It remains to be seen whether the goal of winning another one offers nearly as powerful of a driving force.