Eighth-grader Jaden Newman makes 17 3-pointers in a 70-point game to tie national record
When you think 3-point shooting prowess, you probably think of Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson or Jayson Tatum. Time to add Jaden Newman to the list. The 13-year-old basketball prodigy and star guard at Downey Christian (Orlando, Florida) made 17 of her 24 attempts from beyond the arc on Tuesday to tie a national high school record.
And that's not all.
On top of her astounding 70.83 percent 3-point shooting percentage, the eighth-grader dropped 70 points in her team's 115-31 victory over Discovery High School (Alfred, Florida). That's right, people -- 70 POINTS. The 5-foot-1 sharpshooter knew it was going to be a special game from the opening minutes.
"Right when the game started, I knew I was in the zone," she said during her lunch break on Wednesday. "Right off the bat, to start the game, I made an and-one 3. That was the first play of the game. That built my confidence, and I knew I should just keep shooting.
"I felt like I couldn't miss. I just kept making everything."
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Newman is tied with Duke senior Rebecca Greenwell for the most 3-pointers in a single game. Greenwell also hit 17 in 2013 while playing for Kentucky's Owensboro Catholic.
Newman, who is averaging 45.7 points per game this season and hopes to play at UConn, was happy about her performance, but thinks she can do even better.
"I want us to keep winning, and I really want to break the record with 18 3s," Newman said. "Maybe next week in our next game."
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