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Old 04-04-2010, 06:20 AM   #1
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Default OT- 10 year old getting calls from colleges and NBA

seems wrong on so many levels to me haha



Basketball prodigy Jaylin Fleming, 10, is attracting attention not only from college coaches, but from the NBA.
"As far as his age, he's the best that I've seen," Refiloe Lethunya, a former Division I player, coach and NBA scout, tells the Chicago Tribune.

High school and college coaches have started courting Fleming, a 5-foot-1-inch fifth-grader at Beasley Academic Center in Chicago.

"They invite us to games and they call on a weekly basis and let us know that they're interested in him," says Fleming's dad, John Fleming. "They ask about his grades. They understand that it's 'no books, no ball.' And I'm not going to let him play if he's not doing what he's supposed to be doing in the classroom."

Some disagree with the practice of courting athletes this young.

"He represents much of what is wrong with our athletic system," says one NBA assistant who asked not to be identified. "He already has so many hands in the batter it is almost sickening. ... If he gets big and strong, stays healthy and is actually coachable ... he may succeed. (But) the track record for child prodigies is not an uplifting one."

So far, though, the pressure doesn't seem to be affecting Fleming. He's is an A and B student who does two hours of homework each night, goes to Bible study on Thursdays and plays video games and football with his younger brother, the Tribune reports.

"I never feel pressure to play," Fleming says. "I want to play basketball. I just stay humble and keep working hard."

http://www.parentdish.com/2010/04/02...ops-prodigy%2F
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:59 AM   #2
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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Well, he can dribble that's obvious. I was expecting to be annoyed but the father actually seems to have his **** together so there might be hope.
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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The question will always be how does the kid handle the praise that comes with it. If he thinks of himself as God's gift to the sport then he'll lose the fire and flame out. There were those articles not too long ago on Freddie Adu talking about how he ultimately isn't working out anywhere because he doesn't try hard enough. This kid seems to have the resources in place but seeing if that works out will be the test of the next 10 or so years.
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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"I want to play basketball. I just stay humble and keep working hard."

..riiighhhtt, a 10 year said that
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:54 PM   #6
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"I want to play basketball. I just stay humble and keep working hard."

..riiighhhtt, a 10 year said that
yeah I thought the same thing
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:55 PM   #7
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His father is surprisingly saying all the right things.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:40 PM   #8
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I wouldn't be surprised if Sonny Vaccaro has this kid's phone number on speed dial for two years now.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:59 PM   #9
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He has a poster of himself in his room. Little creepy.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:07 PM   #10
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The questions will come when he hits puberty. Kids turn into a whole other beast then.
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The questions will come when he hits puberty. Kids turn into a whole other beast then.
"I originally read "kids turn into a whole new breast then" - although in this case, the words might be interchangeable.
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