Like brother, like sister.
Florida’s Newman family now features the youngest boy and girl to surpass 1,000 career points at the varsity prep level — and neither has reached high school age yet.
Playing for the Downey Chistian (Orlando, Fla.) varsity boys’ basketball team since fifth grade, Julian Newman became the youngest player ever to eclipse 1,000 career points when he achieved the feat as a seventh-grader in January 2015.
Well, move over Julian, because younger sister Jaden just reached the 1,000-point plateau as a sixth-grader on Downey’s girls’ basketball team. She’s 11 years old.
Jaden has been playing varsity since the third grade. She averaged 31.3 points as a fifth-grader, and then dropped 57 points in her sixth-grade debut. Since then, she’s added games of 59, 48 and 47 points — blowing past the 1,000-point mark. Jaden currently sits on 1,225 career points with 14 more regular-season games remaining this season and another six years of prep basketball ahead of her. She’s averaging 41.3 points this year and is on pace to score 1,000 points in this season alone.
Oh, yeah, need we remind you Jaden defeated Stephen Curry in a 3-point contest?
I’m sure we’ll be checking in on Julian and Jaden regularly throughout their careers, as they surpass 2,000, 3,000 and maybe even 4,000 career points, so let’s get a Julian status update while we’re at it: 1,285 career points and 795 career assists.