peckulease
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/julian-newman-high-school-basketball_n_2333177.html

The 4-foot-5 fifth grader is the starting point guard for the varsity basketball team at Downey Christian (Orlando), a small independent school that operates outside the jurisdiction of the Florida High School Athletics Association, per MaxPreps. As shown in the video above, Julian isn't afraid to take on players much bigger and older than he, and he's got the stats to back him up. In three starts this year, Julian is averaging 12.4 points, 11 assists, and 4.3 steals per game.

This is pretty amazing reguardless if the school isn't apart of the FHSAA.
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"He has a tremendous skill level," Julian's father told MaxPreps. "He has moves that even NBA players don't have. He does stuff that hasn't been done before with the ball."

Oy vey.

Two things to watch out for here:

Burnout from early exposure.

And diminishing returns as he gets older. If he has the same skill set in five years...is he going to be any better at 5'10" than 4'5". How much better can you get?

I'm always curious about these young phenoms, because the early hype often later ends up being a "whatever happened to..."
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I'm also concerned with any parent that touts anything their 5th grader does on a court as better than an NBA player.
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peckulease
I probably should have said this in my original post. I do not feel any 5th grader should be playing at the varsity level. Put him on an 8th grade team this year and the JV next year. Then in 7th grade, play him on the varsity. I feel the kid could get seriously injured at his age. The kid is very good for his age, but as DB stated, it happens all too often where we hear about a stud child beyond his years and then the kids his age catch up to him.
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kenny78
After watching the video I was not impressed by the caliber of play. The kid should have never gotten a shot off. It looked to me like the other team was "letting the little guy shoot". It does smack of being a gimmick to me.
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db11 wrote:
"He has a tremendous skill level," Julian's father told MaxPreps. "He has moves that even NBA players don't have. He does stuff that hasn't been done before with the ball."

Oy vey.

Two things to watch out for here:

Burnout from early exposure.

And diminishing returns as he gets older. If he has the same skill set in five years...is he going to be any better at 5'10" than 4'5". How much better can you get?

I'm always curious about these young phenoms, because the early hype often later ends up being a "whatever happened to..."

Apparently I missed the part where he was doing things you don't see in the NBA.
No doubt the kid is good, but as others have said on here, let's wait a while before we hang the "franchise" tag on him.

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johnwall
Watching that video, I will say this kid is very good for a 6th grader....however, the kids he was playing with and against did not look ANYTHING like a varsity basketball team, honestly it looked much more like 8th grade team to me.

Will be fun to follow this kid. Although I totally understand we only saw the highlights, not the missed shots and turnovers that happen to everyone, but his skill level is very good. I could do without the unguarded between the legs/behind the back stuff though while his opponent sat in a weak zone.
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Now a 6th grader, on the varsity team Julian averaged 17.4 points per game through 22 games played. He also dished out 9.8 APG. He shot 92 for 182 on 3's, 48 for 57 on FT, and 29 for 64 on 2 PT FG's. Turnover are conveniently not listed for the team. I am not certain on the competition of the teams Downey Christian are playing nor am I certain of the accuracy of stats as it is very easy to make them look favorable. The highlight video for his 6th grade year.
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kenny78
I didn't see much basketball being played in the clip, especially on the defensive end. I'm betting there is a reason why this school is outside of the Florida high school jurisdiction. A kid that size should never get a shot off against a high school senior - ever.
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