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Fifth grade basketball phenom starting for HS team

If you pore over recruiting reports to find out who the best varsity basketball point guards in the country and where they’re headed to college, you won’t find the name Julian Newman on the list.

Newman is averaging 12.4 points and 11 assists per game for tiny Downey Christian School in Orlando — certainly worthy stats for a scholarship offer.

The thing is, Newman is only in fifth grade, so he’s still eight years away from college basketball.

Newman is starting for the varsity team at Downey, and it’s not because they don’t have enough players. This kid can really play.

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According to MaxPreps, Newman had 17 points and 14 assists in his first game this season — a 107-33 win over Pace on December 6.

The 4-foot-5 guard has helped Downey to a 2-2 record to start the season.

H/T to MaxPreps