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University of Miami trying to recruit 9-year-old

University Of Miami Trying To Recruit 9-Year-Old

The NBA might have picked up LeBron James out of high school, but the University of Miami is trying to recruit one Orlando girl out of elementary school.

You might remember 9-year-old Jaden Newman, who made national headlines earlier this year as a fourth-grader playing for her high school's varsity team.

WPLG reports that the University of Miami took notice of the basketball prodigy and has asked her to spend her four years of college as a Hurricane -- after she finishes middle school and high school, that is.

According to USA Today, Jaden might be the youngest person ever to be formally recruited by a major college program.

The university had good reason to watch Jaden's sports career after her older brother, Julian, was chosen as starting point guard of his high school varsity team at age 11. Looks like that family knows how to hoop.

Even though Miami wants to call dibs on the young star while her age is still in the single digits, Jaden told USA Today she actually has another school in mind. HLN says:

"She was asked what school she would want to go to, and it wasn't Miami. It was UConn, which I thought was pretty cool. I guess Miami has got about 10 years to keep recruiting this girl."

WPLG reports that Jaden averages almost 15 points and more than seven assists per game -- and she does it all while standing a head shorter than most of her opponents.

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ralphhale3 June 18 2014 at 9:28 AM

Great. A 9 year old being noticed for yet another SPORT. A GAME. Another example of young people get steered away from using their brains to enter fields to help solve the very big problems facing us as a nation and world. Frigging sports and celebrities. That's all americans care about. No wonder we rank below the rest of the modern world in so many areas. But Hey! We're Number One in Basketball!!! Yipeeee!!! Sad stuff.

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leavesbound June 18 2014 at 7:56 AM

Anything can happen between now and graduating HS. She should sign now to get her free education locked in.

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oujoou June 18 2014 at 6:02 AM

This a very cool story. Very cute little girl with such skill. :) I don't get out much . . . but if she played locally . . . I might go check her out. The clip was amazing. :)

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lucastreet June 18 2014 at 10:52 AM

When kids exhibit intellect no one really cares because there are no t-shirts and jerseys going to sold and profits made. This nation worships the almighty dollar and seeks every possible opportunity to get more dollars.

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Colleen lucastreet June 18 2014 at 3:14 PM

But you need to remember..athletic scholarships can be taken away. Academic scholarships can not. Colleges do care and reward students for their academic success's, it just goes unrecognized to the public unlike the success of a college athlete. But you are right, it is sad that athletes get more attention than an intelligent student. Most womans sports you do need the grades to be recruited, but most mens sports (college level) you can be as dumb as a door nail and still get recruited. When it's all said and done, it's the smart kid that wins! :)

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Don Murphy Colleen June 19 2014 at 1:13 AM

I entered college on a full academic scholarship in the fall of 1990. The way it worked was that I needed to maintain a 3.0 GPA through my first two years and upon attaining that it would automatically be renewed for two more years. If my GPA fell below that level then a committee of some sort was to review the matter and decide whether or not to extend my scholarship and under what guidelines or restrictions, but it was indeed possible that I'd lose my full ride entirely at that point. This was never an issue for me as I never got anything less than a B (very few of those even) and graduated with high honors, but while things may have indeed changed in the 24 years since then my own personal experience causes me to be somewhat confused by your contention that academic scholarships are somehow completely inviolate.

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Don Murphy lucastreet June 18 2014 at 3:59 PM

What you've stated there is certainly true for the most part, but I'd point out that's a basic sentiment that's been firmly in play for a long while in our society and represents more a regurgitation of something that's patently obvious than anything that's particularly profound.

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mociambz June 18 2014 at 9:47 AM

they need to make this illegal too many young black children pushed by their parents into sports and way more fail than succeed and it ruins their education

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acostumekingdom mociambz June 18 2014 at 2:48 PM

What are you talking about? Sports bring opportunity. You must not be an athlete. Don't hate because you can have it all by being an athlete. These days it is called student athlete and you must perform in the class room to play and get good college opportunities. Black kids already have a disadvantage in this f-up society we live in so they need to be pushed to excel at whatever they do well. Sports do not ruin their educate-hush you sound dumb! Sports bring opportunity for educational options, raise self esteem, and give kids something productive to focus their selves on . In 2014, most structured programs are pushing EDUCATION and athletics. The goal for kids these days is to get a college scholarship, not necessarily to go to the pros. So, it is a win-win situation. Sports can bring opportunity to kids who may not have the opportunity otherwise.

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rwitchwoman63 June 18 2014 at 9:18 AM

Too cool for this kid...UConn is a great school...I hope she chooses wisely!

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jimbo June 18 2014 at 10:04 AM

High School team must be really bad. Not that impressed. Seen better talent. BORING

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n2344 June 18 2014 at 1:36 PM

What happens if she tears an acl or mcl. What then too bad kid. Or when she hits puberty and her shot goes awry. My husband is a HS Varsity boys coach and thinks this is absurd as well as I. We have rules in Colorado that prevents a child not in HS cannot play HS ball. Florida should too. Its too much pressure.

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zendayaya2002 June 18 2014 at 12:05 PM

wow that is good that she has a special talent that talent can get her into really major colleges or even into the NBA

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