There are limited scholarships in basketball. He had 4-5 star recruits in his area, and he got them. A coach should be crucified if they don't get those guys, not if they do. We aren't ever going to recruit well nationally. But we have had guys from Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Wisconsin in recent years on the roster. Which clearly isn't within 5 miles.
There are plenty of reasons to critique Rose (the head scratching losses to bottom WCC teams every year is number 1). His recruiting history is not one of them.