Jaden Newman averages 14.8 points and 7.5 assists for the Downey Christian varsity squad in Orlando, Fla. She is also nine years old and in the fourth grade. Newman’s eye-catching stats and mixtape video first popped up on Max Preps earlier this week and have spread around the Internet quickly.
ESPN W contacted Newman’s father Jamie, who also Downey Christian boys and girls coach:
“She wants to be like Diana Taurasi,” said dad Jamie Newman. “She wants to play for her country, for Connecticut and in the WNBA.”
In a previous life I covered high school sports for a living and watched a considerable amount of girls basketball. A player with the handle like Newman’s scoring a lot of points is believable, especially since we can’t exactly measure the level of play that Downey Christian (an independent high school) matches up against. Newman’s small stature and quickness is probably an asset against slower-footed opponents.
Newman’s older brother, Jaden, similarly made news for excelling at the varsity level as an 11-year-old, leading to a profile in the New York Times last year.