By now you’ve almost surely read about Julian and Jaden Newman, the muddle school siblings who have taken leadership of their respective Downey Christian School varsity basketball programs. As it turns out, they’re not the only underage players making an impact.
Meet Brittney Tyre a seventh grader who starts at point guard on the varsity girls basketball team Keys Gate, a high school in Homewood, Florida. As noted by MaxPreps, Tyre is her team’s second-leading scorer, averaging more than 12 points and nearly 5 steals per game. Yes, you read that right: A seventh grader is averaging nearly 5 steals per game in varsity competition.
Keys Gate is not a world-beating program; they’re barely above .500 at 11-10. Still, to be led by a guard who should still be getting her bearings in middle school competition is a truly remarkable feat. And make no mistake, Tyre is leading Keys Gate. She’s the team’s primary ball handler, she can create offense and quickly turn a defensive stand into an offensive charge, as evidenced by the astonishing number of steals she’s racked up already.
Will we see more of Tyre in the future? Assuming she doesn’t burn out altogether that seems mighty likely, though one can never be sure. You don’t see athleticism and confidence like this in a seventh grader too often, let alone one who is playing against opponents who are five years older than they are.