This can be said about almost all Boston basketball programs. Harvard, Northeastern and BU have been, in general, able to lander higher-profile recruits than any AE school has in recent years despite absolutely pathetic basketball culture and attendance averages that can fall below 1,000. The student body and the community just doesn't care. The Celtics suck all the (basketball) oxygen out of the room (despite being in a metro area of 6m+ inhabitants).I think it must be hard for UVM to recruit against BU. Most of the Patriot league schools are better academically than the America East schools. BU has an urban campus in a great part of the city that must be attractive to recruits. Yet the basketball atmosphere it so much better in Burlington. BU games are lifeless. It seems the campus is unaware they even have a team. UVM games are more alive. Are the recruits aware of the difference?
If I was a decorated prep school basketball player I would be embarrassed playing at a school like BU that gets absolutely no love from the university community. I think what it comes down to is location (Boston is the fastest-growing City on the East Coast and 18-30 year olds love it) and the prestige/value of getting a full ride scholarship at a pricey private university vs a public state school, even if from an academic prestige standpoint BU and Northeastern are not noticeably different from schools like UVM and SBU.
Harvard of course is a different story...but still, how do you stand playing in front of a lifeless crowd of 800, most of which are probably friends/family of the players, or fans of the opposing team?