10 year old basketball phenom...
Story from the Washington Post about a 10 year old BB phenom from Maryland, if you click on the link take the time to watch the video... this kid has game, but I wonder if he can just be a kid without all the competition all the time..
BALTIMORE -- Four coaches clapped and snapped fingers in front of Justin Jenifer's face to demand his focus, but Justin's attention drifted. He felt hungry, particularly for Skittles. He turned from the coaches and tossed through the contents of his Adidas gym bag. Nothing. Justin stuck out his lower lip and looked longingly across the gym at the concession stand.
The adults who huddled around Justin spoke in hushed tones. The 10-and-under Bentalou Bombers basketball team trailed by six points. About four minutes remained in the first-round game of the Maryland State Tournament. A loss could devastate the Bombers' season.
Ten-year-old basketball phenom Justin Jenifer is hotly pursued by AAU teams, high school coaches and shoe companies.
As usual, coaches had called a timeout and turned expectantly to Justin, a 4-foot-6 point guard. One problem: Justin, 10, refused to look back at them. He rolled his eyes, bounced in his chair and playfully shoved teammate Cory Watson. "If we win," Justin whispered to Watson, "I'm going to get money from my dad and go straight for the food."
During the last two seasons, youth basketball coaches had anointed Justin as one of the most talented 10-and-under players in the country -- a distinction that would have won him nothing but cheap trophies a decade ago. But now, Justin had become the sought-after prize, pursued by Amateur Athletic Union summer league teams that troll nationally for players, high school coaches who recruit aggressively and shoe companies whose scramble for potential future endorsers continues for a second decade.
God has truly blessed him.
He's getting good guidance right now and he seems like a real good kid. Hope he can keep his head screwed on right. The pressures and temptations are going to be staggering for a young kid as he enters teenhood.
Seems like a nice kid.
Let's hope he doesn't burn out. His parents seem to really structure his life in that video.
Re: 10 year old basketball phenom...
Wow...thats sooo crazy, that crossover in the video was insane!
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