Fifth Grade Boy Starts for Varsity High School Basketball Team

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIDecember 21, 2012

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Yeah, you read that right. Julian Newman is becoming a phenom. Just make sure you find a safe place in your brain to remember this name.

The boy they call "Handles" is a fifth-grade basketball star attending Downey Christian School in Orlando, Florida. His talent is so unique that the school has him playing with the varsity basketball team.

Not only do they have him playing, but they have him starting. You can watch the video below.

He is only 11 years old. He is only 4'5".

According to NESN, “He scored 91 points in only three quarters of a middle school game which led to his move to varsity.” The article also states that he leads the state of Florida with 11.5 assists a game.

He goes up against kids from three to seven years older than him and even guys that are well over two feet taller than he is. Instead of getting intimidated, he embarrasses them.

I mean, I am lost for words here. When I was in fifth grade, I could barely chuck up a three pointer and hit the net. This kid is sinking threes like it's his job.

Not to mention, did you see how quick he is? His crossover? His awareness? You can't coach this stuff!

The fact that a kid that young is so talented and smart boggles my mind!

I have never seen anything like this!

When I first came across the video and article on NESN, I thought it may have been a joke. But sure enough, this is real, people.

The world was supposed to come to an end today according to the Mayans, but thank God it didn't. I would have never been able to come across this kid.

Newman proves that anything is possible these days.

Hopefully he has the Anthony Davis growth spurt and becomes 6'10" one day. Although at the rate he's going, he will be in the NBA after his first year of college no matter how tall he may turn out to be.

It is too bad they have a rule in place that in order to enter the NBA, you need at least one year of college experience. 


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