was preceded by the construction of the ACC, then a wonder of the collegiate world. It demonstrated a clear commitment to the basketball program. The ACC, coupled with the then young and dynamic Digger Phelps was a powerful formula that attracted top talent.
The ability for ND to snare this level of talent has to be attributable in large part to the practice facility and the commitment it demonstrates and as Kayo points out, the immense practical benefits the facility offers. That, coupled with the slightly older but still quite dynamic Mike Brey, is a powerful formula. (I will surmise the same holds true for Muffet and ndwbb)