Evidently, there's something in the water in Orlando, Fla. Or at least there is in the Newman household. In December 2012, MaxPreps ran a story about then-fifth-grader Julian Newman playing on the Downey Christian varsity hoops team. Nicknamed "Handles" for obvious reasons, Newman is now averaging 16.7 points and 9.6 assists per game as a sixth-grader — and judging by this video, he's the real deal. But so is his sister.
That would be 9-year-old Jaden Newman who, like her older brother, is playing on the varsity team for Downey Christian as well. Only Jaden started a year younger — as a fourth-grader! According to MaxPreps once again, the younger Newman is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 assists per game. As you may have guessed, both youngsters are coached by their father, Jamie.
Hug it out!
Moving to the NBA, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich's disdain for the between-quarter interview has become legendary. Wednesday night in the middle of the Spurs' game against the Dallas Mavericks (which San Antonio won 112-90), Pop had some fun with former coaching rival and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy. With no sideline reporter on hand, JVG had to moonlight in the new role. Admitting he was nervous, the former Knicks and Rockets head coach told Popovich he was advised to explore the crusty coach's feelings by his reporter colleagues. That's when the four-time NBA title-winning coach flipped the script, gave Van Gundy a bear hug and told him, "I love you."
Finally, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has decided to enter this year's NFL draft. Where will he end up? Shutdown Corner's Eric Edholm breaks down the potential candidates.