4-year-old hoops phenom from Wilmington outplays age, size

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Submitted: Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:41am
Updated: Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:09am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In 11 years Josiah Brown will likely be playing high school basketball in Wilmington. That sounds like an extremely long wait, but it makes sense due to Josiah’s age.

As hard as he tries, when Josiah sits down in a chair, his feet don’t touch the ground, but that’s no big deal. After all, Josiah is only four years old.

Being four is not an issue, though, when it comes to playing basketball at the Wilmington YMCA, because clearly, this youngster has game.

“From the time he started walking, we had a Little Tykes goal in the house, and he just took to it,” Josiah’s dad Demtrius said. “Pretty much all the fundamentals that most kids in the teens are working on, he’s working on right now at four years old.”

Josiah’s ballhandling skills are impressive. He can dribble with his right or left hand. He has a spin move. Josiah can go behind the back. Heck, he can even use the crossover dribble against players twice his height.

“I can’t dunk,” Josiah laughs, finding one of the few shortcomings of his game. “I can’t dunk.”

“And what’s funny is you get a lot of people who ask me, ‘What AAU team does he play for?,” Demetrius said. “I’m like, ‘He just graduated pre-school.'”

The pre-school graduate just got back from the Muggsy Bogues Fundamentals Basketball Camp in Charlotte. Josiah’s team won the camp championship. Josiah won the free throw shooting competition for six to nine year olds, even though he’s only four. Plus he was one of two campers to receive special recognition from Bogues, who played 14 seasons in the NBA.

Josiah says he plays basketball every day, and he thinks he’s the best 4-year-old basketball player in the Port City.

Basketball runs in the family. Josiah’s mom Joy played at UNCW.

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