High School Basketball Star Julian Newman is 11 and Stands Only 4' 5" (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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In Orlando, Florida, the Downey Christian School varsity basketball team's star player is four years younger than his teammates and 14 inches shorter than the next shortest player.

According to the New York Times, Julian Newman is 11 years old, stands at 4-foot-5-inches tall and weighs 70 pounds.

Still only in the 5th grade, Julian became a web sensation after a video (below) of him taking on players twice his size got more than 2 million views on YouTube.

Julian has attracted the attention of 'Inside Edition' and radio host/comedian Steve Harvey. He was also invited to perform at an Orlando Magic game.

"He’s a very talented kid and comes from a great family," Joe Davis, the national recruiting coordinator for, told the New York Times. "He’s smaller, so that’s going to be his main obstacle, but he has a great future once he hits a growth spurt or two.", which evaluates and ranks high school players, helped produce the viral video.

"People say don’t put all your eggs in one basket," said Julian's father, Jamie Newman, who coaches the team. "But it helps you."

The boy is allowed to play against older boys because Downey Christian is an independent school operating outside the jurisdiction of the Florida High School Athletics Association.

He has a per-game average of 12.4 points, 11 assists, and 4.3 steals.

"He has a tremendous skill level," Jamie Newman told "He has moves that even NBA players don't have. He does stuff that hasn't been done before with the ball."

"[Julian] is one of their better players,” Crooms Academy coach Don Smith told "He’s not playing just because he is Jamie’s son."

Source: New York Times and