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Basketball recruiting changes could hurt midlevel players

As well-intended as they might be, recent developments to resurrect youth basketball in America could actually hurt more than they help, writes Chris Lawlor.

Originally Published: May 1, 2008
By Christopher Lawlor | ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- Justin Harris, like most high school basketball players, is hoping to attend college on an athletic scholarship.

Harris, a promising 6-6 freshman from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High, sees the summer as his time to get noticed. He plays for All Out Ballerz, a Paterson-based Under-15 club that competes at the national level.

From a player's perspective, exposure is the name of the game when it comes to recruiting. The more looks you get with college coaches in the gym, ...

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