Phenom Jaden Newman reached the 1,000-point plateau in December as a sixth-grader on the girls basketball team atDowney Chistian (Orlando, Fla.). She is 11 years old.
Newman was recruited by the University of Miami at age 9. She appeared in a Foot Locker commercial in which she takes on Stephen Curry in a three-point shooting contest as a 10-year-old. Videos of her basketball skills have millions of views on YouTube over the years.
So the next question is, just how good is she. ESPNw sent Dan Olson, the man behind the HoopGurlz rankings and owner of the Collegiate Girls Hoops Report, to watch Newman play during a recent game against West Oaks Academy (Orlando). Newman had 26 points on 9-for-30 from the field, including 5-for-17 from three in a game played on a tile floor.
Here is some of Olson’s analysis:
Here’s what I learned: Newman, who was slowed by a calf injury, has the green light from her dad and coach, Jamie Newman, from the second she walks into the gym. Her range is deep — we’re talking well beyond the arc. She also can penetrate and score on the floater. The videos that you’ve seen are true.
Defensively, Newman is a disruptor. She creates confusion, gambles a bit and makes sure the other team knows she’s there. Newman is not necessarily explosive, but she is somewhat sneaky and creates turnovers.
Newman brought a confident disposition to the court, a fearlessness that Division I coaches love to see in their prospects. Not to mention that electric shot. Keep an eye on this one.