Who is Julian Newman?
American basketball player Julian Newman was born in Orlando, Florida USA, on 6 September 2001, making Virgo his zodiac sign. He attracted a lot of attention, both positive and negative in 2012, after many videos showing him playing varsity basketball were uploaded onto YouTube by various users; Julian was attending fifth grade at that time, and while many people praised his skills and referred to him as a child prodigy, others criticized how he was marketed.
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Education and early life
Julian was raised alongside his younger sister Jaden in Orlando, by their Puerto Rican mother Vivian Gonzalez who played basketball while attending the University High School, while she then spent four years serving in the US Navy prior to working at the US Postal Service, and their father Jamie Newman, who played basketball at Colonial High School, and is today both head basketball coach and history teacher at Downey Christian School.
Julian was only three when he became interested in basketball, and he was thus coached by his father, who soon let his son play with regular basketball balls, and compete with older boys. Jamie put his son through rigorous training, as Julian performed 200 jump shots, 200 floaters and 100 free throws every day.
Julian initially attended public schools, then was in 2012 transferred to private Downey Christian School, after his father began working there. He was attending fifth grade when he started playing for the middle school’s basketball team, while he was moved to the varsity team; he ended up being #1 in Florida in assists, and led his team to a 21-6 record. The sports website MaxPreps featured Julian in an article on 19 December 2012, while the recruiting website ScoutsFocus made a video about Julian and uploaded it onto their YouTube channel, and which quickly amassed nearly four million views. Various magazines joined in and wrote about Julian, such as “The New York Times” and “Sports Illustrated”, and he made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, including “Good Morning America”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Steve Harvey”.
In 2013 and 2014, “The Huffington Post” and “Tampa Bay Times” wrote about Julian, and this was when people began criticizing the marketing of his career.
High school years
Julian preferred to stay away from the media’s attention during his high school years, and it’s only known that he had scored 3,873 points by 2018, surpassing the Florida record which had been set in 1998 by Teddy Dupay.
He transferred to Prodigy Prep for his final year, where he was coached by his father; Julian matriculated in 2019, and then disappeared from the media’s attention. It’s widely believed that there was so much pressure on him because of how much was expected of him, and that he chose to focus on other things upon matriculating, deciding to leave basketball behind him.
Most popular YouTube videos
Julian doesn’t have his own YouTube channel, but he’s nevertheless highly popular on the video sharing service, as numerous videos which show him play basketball have been uploaded by other users, and most of these have been watched over a million times. We’re going to cover three of the most popular amongst these, which’ve contributed to Julian’s popularity on the internet.
His #1 video “Julian Newman vs White Kid” was uploaded by Kvng Dk on 28 May 2018, has since been watched over 110 million times and numbers close to 4.5 million likes; Julian’s depicted as a ‘cocky kid’ in this video, which features him taunting his opponent Jaythan Bosch who ended up playing better than him.
Julian’s second most viewed video “The Jaythan Bosch vs Julian Newman matchup in 2017 was 🔥” was uploaded by MaxPreps on 1 August 2022, has been watched close to 45 million times and numbers over 2.7 million likes; it features Julian playing against the same boy mentioned above.
His #3 video “He took on Julian Newman like a champ | Full video in description” was uploaded by BreakAnklesDaily on 21 April 2021, has been viewed over 30 million times and numbers more than 700,000 likes; it features Julian playing against the same boy.
Love life and relationships
Julian avoids speaking about his love life in public, and is yet to mention any girls, or perhaps boys whom he’s dated.
There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Julian’s gay, and that this is why he doesn’t speak about his love life; a fan believes that he’s seen Julian and his boyfriend kissing in public, but no evidence has been provided to support this, nor has Julian addressed the rumors.
There are also those who claim that he’s perhaps not pursuing love, because he wants to focus on his career, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.
Julian seems to be unattached as of March 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Julian’s followed by close to 700,000 people on Instagram, and has uploaded over 1,000 pictures and videos onto the social media network, with most of these being in one way or another related to basketball, while others feature him showing off his clothes, spending time with friends, and working out at the gym.
Julian’s a huge fan of tattoos, and his chest is entirely inked.
He likes to play various other sports in his spare time, such as soccer, tennis and table tennis.
Julian’s today a NovaMEN and Ethika ambassador.
Winter is his favorite season, as he likes to wear warm clothes, and enjoys skiing and snowboarding.
Julian’s into travelling and has already been to more than 10 US states, mostly to play basketball.
He’s a fan of Hollywood actors Vin Diesel and Will Smith, and some of Julian’s favorite movies include the franchise “Fast and Furious”, “I, Robot” and “I Am Legend”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Julian’s age is 21. He has brown eyes and short black hair, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 150lbs (67kgs).
Julian’s net worth’s been estimated at over $100,000, as of March 2023.