A perfect case study of a player being largely ignored by the recruiting gurus is Darrun Hilliard, who has at times been the best player on Villanova's team this season. Hilliard's career was solid, but not not spectacular before a senior season where he scored 573 points and led his team deep into the state playoffs. A player who is scoring 20 point per game in 32 minute games will get noticed by the "experts", right? Wrong. Darrun Hilliard was at best a three star recruit, and ESPN, the most bullish of Hilliard of the notable scouting services said that he was the eighth best player in the state of Pennsylvania, and exactly zero of those players have been demonstrably better than him, and a couple have transferred to lesser programs.
So before freaking out about how Villanova had a terrible 2013 recruiting class, just remember that Dante Cunningham was a three star recruit, and Dominic Cheek was a McDonald's All-American.