A lot hidden in those numbers. "Level of talent" is kind of generic statement to discusss but I'll go with, top 2% makes it sound elite. Its not.I like the point of the post overall, but we disagree with the level of talent it takes to play D2 (sorry nit picking a few comments). Meaning I believe the bar to be much higher than some of the names mentioned.
To play D2 you have to be in the top 2% of basketball players if not nationally then at least regionally. Maybe you could expand that to 2.5% to account for guys playing other sports in college, guys who don't make the grade, some NAIA scholarship guys and the D1 or bust guys who choose not to play in college.
I'll grant that the number of competitive D2 programs is growing, but there are only a small percentage that will compete regularly with even the bottom of D1. They for the most part are doing what they can to fill rosters with capable students. The bar is not that high. But for the most part, they are filled with average human beings that worked a little harder at a sport. There's no genetic superiority needed. They're not turning people away like the D1s. They are not pumping players into the overseas leagues. They're pumping players into the local rec leagues.
With no way to call it or collect, I'll say I can believe you would find Intramural at the D1's that take such things seriously or military teams that would compete quite well at the D2 level.
We have a few competitive D2s in the area, GVSU being the best I think. Hillsdale, Findlay show some mettle with the D1s during scrimmage season but only anecdotally compete regular season. Most of the kids in our systems if they really wanted to put in the work, are genetically capable of D2 or D3 program. Most just simply are not interested in that kind of effort. And when it's done, they're done.