What were you doing when you were nine? Three-digit multiplication? Pesky long division? Odds are you probably weren't opening recruitment letters from Division 1 college athletic programs. But for fourth-grader Jaden Newman, that is exactly what she's doing.
Newman started making headlines when she earned the starting point guard position at her local high school Downey Christian School in Orlando, Florida. Standing at 4-foot seven, Newman is not just holding her own on the court, she's owning the court. Newman played in every game for Downey Christian since joining the team in the 2012-13 season, and this past season averaged 15.1 points, and 8.1 assists per game. She's nine.
Many are calling her a basketball prodigy after her skills have drawn nation-wide attention, and now she's creating more buzz after receiving a recruiting letter from University of Miami's girls basketball program. Newman, being only nine years old, won't graduate from high school until 2021. Meaning Miami decided to express their interest in Newman six years before Jaden's junior year, when she would presumably announce her college commitment. According to reports, the university toured Jaden around the campus' facilities while she was in Miami during an unofficial recruiting visit earlier in June.
She is an extremely talented young lady and after watching her highlight clips, it is no wonder why she is drawing attention from top college programs.