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5th Grader Varsity Starter: 11-Year-Old Plays Basketball With Teens Twice His SIze [Video]

5th Grader Varsity Starter - 11-Year-Old Plays Basketball With Boys Twice His SIze [Video]

5th grader varsity basketball star Julian Newman has become a YouTube sensation after footage of him taking on teens twice his size was posted online.

The 11-year-old Newman is starting point guard for the varsity basketball team at Downey Christian in Orlando.

The side is coached by his father, Jamie Newman, but this isn’t a case of sporting nepotism. As the video below demonstrates, the four-foot-five Julian is a precocious talent. He also has the numbers to back him up: In his three starts this year, the youngster is averaging 12.4 points, 11 assists, and 4.3 steals per game.

Speaking to MaxPreps, Jamie Newman said of his son:

“He has a tremendous skill level. He has moves that even NBA players don’t have. He does stuff that hasn’t been done before with the ball.”

Because Downey Christian is an independent school that operates outside the jurisdiction of the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA), the 5th grader varsity star is permitted to take to the court with boys much older than himself.

Julian is following in the footsteps of another child sports phenomenon to emerge in 2012. Back in August, five-foot-one sixth grader Andrew Robison became the youngest quarterback ever to throw a touchdown in a varsity football game.

In Julian’s case, most of Twitter seems pretty impressed by the 5th grader varsity star’s mad hoop skills:

Watch Julian doing his thing below:

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7 Responses to “5th Grader Varsity Starter: 11-Year-Old Plays Basketball With Teens Twice His SIze [Video]”

  1. Carlos Mcphie

    Julian is surely an amazing youngster , as a parent I'm inspired to look more at what I can do to be more involved in my childrens activities. Thankyou Julian and to his Father,much reaspect Carlos

  2. Alan Daniels

    The kid indeed has skills,but I must question the level of the competition. Surely he isn't beating regular state high schoolers. I'll have to call BS to this story. My son is a 8th grader,and I'm willing to bet he could shut this kid down in a five on five game or one on one. No way a 5th grader can beat an athletic high school player.

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