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University of Miami pursuing fourth grade basketball player

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Jaden Newman, 9, has received an official recruiting letter from the University of Miami according to reports on June 17.

Newman spent three hours on June 10, touring the Coral Gables campus where head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier’s staff encouraged the fourth grader to Hurricanes in mind when it came time to make her college choice.

“They showed me their basketball court and they showed me their campus,” Newman told local ABC affiliate WPLG. “It was nice.”

According to Cam Smith of USA Today, Miami’s assistant coach Derrick Gibbs began the recruiting process by phoning Newman’s parents.

Newman, who stands at 4-foot-7, has played high school basketball the past two seasons for Downey Christian School – a 300 student private school in Orlando (Fla.). She averaged 14.5points and 7.5 assists last season.

Newman while playing for her 11U basketball team, Central Florida Hoops Elite, tallied 63 points – her largest scoring output thus far.

Newman began playing basketball at the age of 3 with her father Jamie Newman, who is the head coach for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for Downey Christian School. Newman’s basketball dribbling talent was on full displayed in January when she defeated former NFL player Trevor Pryce in a dribbling contest live on Fox.

Jaden's older brother, Julian Newman, made national headlines in 2012 for playing on the school's varsity as a fifth-grader.



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