9-year-old stars on varsity hoops team

Courtesy Jamie Newman

As the starting point guard at Downey Christian, Jaden Newman regularly is matched up with players who are a foot taller than she is.

We'll let the numbers do the talking for us: 14.8, 7.5 and 9.

That's 14.8 points, 7.5 assists and 9 years old.

Those are the stats on Jaden Newman, a 4-foot-7 fourth-grade basketball phenom in Florida who is lighting up the varsity scoreboard at Downey Christian School in Orlando.

"She wants to be like Diana Taurasi," said dad Jamie Newman, who serves as the head coach for the Downey Christian boys' and girls' varsity teams. "She wants to play for her country, for Connecticut and in the WNBA."

Downey Christian, a kindergarten-through-12th grade school, has an enrollment of about 300 students total. Jaden actually played on the varsity as a third-grader, said her dad, who added that Jaden's biggest output was a 63-point outburst playing against the boys on her 11U AAU team, Central Florida Hoops Elite.

Jaden's older brother, Julian Newman, made national headlines in 2012 for playing on the school's varsity as a fifth-grader. Julian is now in sixth grade and averaging 17 points per game.

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