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This 4'5" 11-Year-Old Varsity High School Basketball Player Is Awesome

He's 14 inches shorter than the next-shortest player on the team and also in FIFTH GRADE.

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Julian Newman is a dude. At 4'5" and 11 years old, he's the starting point guard for Downey Christian School in Florida, where his father coaches. And a New York Times story from this weekend describes how he ended up being the smallest — and often best — player on the court. (According to the Times, multiple teams have forfeited games against Downey Christian this year to avoid the embarrassment of losing to him.) But to really understand how ridiculous this kid is, you've got to see it.

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Here's video of Newman playing, from about two months ago. When this kid grows — let's just say, I'm optimistic about his future.

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