9-year-old basketball star being recruited by colleges

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At the unbelievably young age of nine, Jaden Newman is being courted by the University of Miami for their women’s basketball team.  Right now Newman is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 assists at the high school level. A point guard at Downey Christian School, she’s one of the best young ballplayers in America.

According to Cam Smith of USA Today, Newman received a full recruiting packet from the University of Miami in June and has already completed her first recruiting trip to campus.

Smith’s report says Miami women’s basketball assistant coach Derrick Gibbs began the recruiting process by phoning Newman’s parents. Newman appeared on Fox Sports’ now-defunct show Crowd Goes Wild in January and showcased her dribbling skills against former NFL defensive end Trevor Pryce.

Smith writes that Newman is the product of a basketball family in which hoop excellence is instilled at a young age. Miami may have to wait — the 9-year-old seems to prefer U-CONN at this point.

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