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Size may be important in the game of basketball, but it isn’t everything.
Muggsy Bogues and Spud Webb demonstrated just that during their playing days in the NBA, as both players went on to have successful professional basketball careers, despite standing only 5’3″ and 5’7″, respectively.
And now, it is 11-year-old Julian Newman who is showing the world that size isn’t everything in the sport of basketball.
Newman, a.k.a. “Handles,” began the year playing for his middle school team, but after scoring 91 points in just three quarters of action during a game earlier in the season, it was determined that his skills were best suited for the Varsity level with Downey Christian School in Orlando, Florida. There, Julian has been playing against opponents that are generally six to seven years older than him, but that hasn’t slowed down the 4’5″ point guard one bit.
Newman is currently averaging 11.5 assists per game this season, which ranks him first in the state in that category, and 19th in the entire nation. And just a few nights ago, he had one of his most impressive performances of the season, as he recorded 14 points, eight assists and three steals during a game against Agape Christian, who are believed to be one of the top private schools in the Orlando area.
Those statistics alone prove that this 11-year-old prodigy is for real, but for those who are still not satisfied, check out the clip below, which features highlights of Julian dominating his much older competition: