10-Year Old Chicago Basketball Prodigy Has Jump Shots, Quotes
You know how everyone jokes that every year basketball coaches are recruiting younger and younger kids? And you laugh and picture some pimply high school freshman with a decent jump shot who can dunk? Well it looks like things may be even worse than that. We saw a 6 year old dominating 10 year olds in the past, but the media hype seems a bit different this time around. I’d heard of this kid before, but that was prior to a huge news column about him on Chicago Breaking News indicating that “the world is watching” the youngster:
The basketball world is watching Jaylin Fleming.
“I’ve never actually seen a kid like this,” Knicks head athletic trainer Roger Hinds said.
“As far as his age, he’s the best that I’ve seen,” said Refiloe Lethunya, a former Division I player, coach and NBA scout.
College and high school coaches are circling, inviting him to games and camps. He has established himself on the all-important AAU circuit. And he has already worked out with the Knicks and with the Bulls’ Derrick Rose.
Fleming is regarded by some as the most talented 10-year-old basketball player in the country.
The 5-foot-1 fifth-grader is more restrained: “I’m a humble kid who’s trying to achieve a goal.”
Well, for the Knicks, he would be an upgrade over whoever they have at point guard right now. No offense to rookie Toney Douglass, but this kid could be good for the next 25 years. In all honesty this doesn’t bother me as much as you might think. This is a part of the culture, and while it is unsettling to see a kid this young getting this kind of attention, the benefits he can derive from it are endless. As long as that quote is for real (there’s no way it is entirely real, that kid cannot be humble, period) in that his parents are at least trying to protect him and keep him having a level head, then more power to the kid and the coaches who are circling him like vultures. Here’s a video of his skills from a few months ago. Enjoy: