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Isaiah Briscoe of St. Benedict’s puts up a shot past Tim Coleman of St. Anthony during the Newark National Invitational, Feb 1, 2013. Briscoe repeated eighth grade and is now entertaining multiple college scholarship offers. (Saed Hindash / The Star-Ledger)
By Matthew Stanmyre/The Star-Ledger
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on July 08, 2013 at 8:36 AM, updated July 08, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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Over time, high school basketball players and their families have tried just about everything in their pursuit of college scholarships. Year-round training regimens. Specialized coaching. Countless hours commuting to the powerhouse program with the famous coach. Jumping from school to school for the right fit.

But just when you thought you had heard everything, comes the latest trend: Top players are begging their parents to spend an extra year in middle school.

No, really.

All four of New Jersey’s top-rated players in the…

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