• Julian Newman is an American basketball player who rose to fame in 2012 after a video of his game highlights went viral.
• He is the son of Jamie Newman, former basketball player and history teacher, and Vivian Gonzales, former United States Navy member.
• He began playing with regulation-size balls at an early age and entered a strict training regime created by his father.
• He made headlines in 2016 when he scored 52 points in a game against the top 2020 recruit, Kyree Walker.
• He has over 3,000 points in varsity basketball and is declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft.
Who is Julian Newman?
Julian is an American basketball player, who rose to stardom in 2012 after a video of his game highlights was uploaded onto YouTube and went viral. He became a national star, and many have thought of him as the new National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star.
Julian Newman Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Julian Newman was born on 6 September 2001 under the Virgo zodiac sign, in Orlando, Florida, USA. Of Jewish, African American, and Puerto Rican ancestry, he is the son of Jamie Newman, former basketball player, history teacher, and now a head basketball coach at Downey Christian School, and Vivian Gonzales, a former United States Navy member and a former point guard for University High School in Orlando, Florida.
Vivian is now working for the United States Postal Service. Julian has a younger sister, Jaden, who plays basketball for Downey Christian School, and is now a national star as she’s featured in such programs as “The Queen Latifah Show”. Moreover, according to reports, she is a natural talent, and at just nine years old, she was recruited by an NCAA Division I program in Miami, Florida.
Julian himself began showing an interest in basketball early in life. Once his basketball coach father realized Julian’s talents for the game, he enrolled him in recreational leagues with older boys.
He began playing with regulation-size balls at an early age, and entered into a strict training regime created by his father; he would make 100 free throws, 200 floaters, and 200 jump shots every day during practice. As he said, this wasn’t hard on him as he loves sports just like everybody in the Newman family.
In 2012, Julian transferred to small private Downey Christian School, which is in Orlando, Florida, where his father is now a history teacher and basketball coach.
Rise to Stardom
He joined the middle school team, and his scoring skills came to immediate attention. He scored 91 points in one game, which earned him a promotion to the varsity team.
Julian wore the smallest uniform available at 11 years old and 4 ft 5 ins (1.35m), but it was still a little oversized for the tiny point guard. However, this didn’t stop him from completing a double-double in his first three games. He led the Downey Christian School team to a 21-6 record, and had the most assists in the state of Florida. Julian further improved his stats the following year, and his performance earned him an article in Bleacher Report, which turned him into a national star.
The young boy stunned the entire nation with his basketball skills, shown in the YouTube video “11-Year Old 4ft 5ins Prodigy Julian Newman Stars for Downey Christian Team in Florida”, which went viral and now has more than 3.8 million views.
Soon The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and other popular national handles published reports on the fifth-grader, and he appeared in a variety of talk shows too, such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “Good Morning America”, “Steve Harvey” and several others. Furthermore, he performed at half-time during an Orlando Magic NBA game.
Throughout middle school, Julian was producing impossible results for a player his size and age. He finished the 2014-2015 season with 19.8 points, 10.2 assists, and 3.2 steals per game.
He made the news again on 4 October 2016 when he scored 52 points in a highly-publicized game against Moreau Catholic School and the top 2020 recruit, Kyree Walker; the highlights video from the game now has over 13 million views.
Even before he officially became a high schooler, he had over 2,000 points in varsity basketball. As a sophomore in high school, Newman had over 3,800 points, breaking the record of the Florida prep set by Teddy Dupay in 1998. During the 2018-2019 season, Julian averaged 34.7 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and four steals a game. He transferred to Prodigy Prep in his senior year, a new school created by his father in Orlando.
He now trains at their training center, and according to some reports, he is declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft.
Disputes over His Skills
Although Julian has posted superb results in middle and high school, many have questioned his skills, stating that he’s just a false star, and that he won’t have a future in professional basketball. Many are concerned about his height, believing that he is too short for professional basketball, and that he may try his luck in China or some other countries. However, Julian has yet to prove himself to both his fans and haters as a professional player, though he has set several high school records.
Reality TV Star
To speak further of his accomplishments, Julian is a reality TV star alongside his family, of the show “Hello Newmans”, which can be found on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and other platforms. The show was created by Overtime, and has enjoyed enormous popularity, as it follows the daily lives of Jaden, Julian, and their parents.
As of mid- 2022, Julian Newman’s net worth has been estimated to be around $3 million, earned through brand endorsements and his own brand, Prodigy.
Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single?
Julian’s rather secretive about his personal aspirations, and prefers to talk about his basketball accomplishments and his future plans. However, according to his social media posts, he’s in a relationship, but he hasn’t revealed his partner’s name.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The popular basketball player has black hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m), weighs about 140lbs (64kgs), with vital statistics of 38-32-38, biceps size 12.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
Julian is very active physically, and when he’s not on the court practicing his basketball skills, he is in the gym, focusing on lifting weights, but also does cardio exercises. He enjoys running, hiking, and various other physical activities.
He’s a fan of tattoos, and has his family across his chest. He’s very fond of his family, especially his sister, has helped her improve her basketball skills, and is her biggest fan.