You do realize that not just the big schools have the big gyms in the Midwest. This is the way sports are conducted ~ football imports all its players these days.
12 of the largest 13 HIGH SCHOOL gyms are in Indiana, LOL
I realize that certain big time basketball schools - like Duke - lose money on football. I also realize that basketball recruiting budgets are not even a big line item on a big schools’ athetic department budget, while football recruiting budgets are about 15X basketball budgets. I also know that college basketball revenues from TV, radio, and ticket sales are NOT DOWN during the recession. They just aren’t. I also realize that Michigan has less Michigan natives on their team this year than they had in the 80’s and 90’s....they’ve always had a lot of home grown guys and almost always had midwestern guys. In other words, I realize your midwestern home grown theory is not valid. You’re talking to a guy who was writing sports at age 13 for pay .