Fifth-grade phenom starts for varsity high school basketball team (VIDEO)

1:26 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) --  Check this out folks.  Fifth-grader Julian Newman has a nickname, "Handles," and the basketball skills to back it up. Watch the video above of the 4-foot-5 point guard hitting floaters in the lane and finding teammates for easy baskets and you can't help but image how good he'll be in high school.

You can stop imagining. Newman is the starting point guard on the varsity team at Downey Christian (Orlando), where his father, Jamie Newman, is the coach. As MaxPreps reports, Downey Christian is a small independent school that operates outside of the Florida High School Athletic Association.

"He has a tremendous skill level," Jamie Newman told MaxPreps. "He has moves that even NBA players don't have. He does stuff that hasn't been done before with the ball."

If Jamie keeps his job, and Julian, who reportedly scored 91 points in three quarters against middle school competition, doesn't find a loophole that allows him to play in the NBA when he's in 9th grade, the father and son duo could share the same high school court for eight seasons. That's a crazy thought, not unlike a 4-foot-5 fifth-grader playing high school basketball.


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