Florida Varsity Basketball Team Starts A Fifth-Grader

  • Mark Evans

How would you feel playing against a team who starts a 4’5″ player at point guard at the high school level? Additionally, what would you day if you found out that he was in the fifth grade?

Well, that’s how some Florida basketball players feel. Via Max Preps, Downey Christian boasts Julian Newman, a fifth-grader who is the starting point guard for the prep school. It seems like a bit of a gimmick for sure, but if you watch the video below, you can see that the kid actually has some game:

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What I don’t understand here is how the opposing team doesn’t just take this kid in the post and make him guard someone significantly older, bigger, and stronger. If Downey Christian is going to put him out there, other teams have to be willing to take advantage.

That being said, give this kid some credit. Anyone who can hang with high school varsity athletes when they’re in the fifth grade deserves attention. Particularly in basketball, a game where size undeniably matters.

“He has a tremendous skill level,” Jamie said. “He has moves that even NBA players don’t have. He does stuff that hasn’t been done before with the ball.”

That might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

-Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content

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