Wed Mar 23 09:09am EDT
Occasionally, ridiculously talented young athletes emerge who clearly are developing at a completely different level than their peers. Ketaan Wyatt Jr. is definitely one of those players.
Wyatt Jr. -- who goes by KeeWee -- is just 8 years old, yet he already dominates 10-year-old basketball leagues. He plays with panache and flair, and, as you can see below, runs the court with the polish of a miniature Chris Paul.
As one might expect, KeeWee has already been "discovered" by a handful of different pre-pubescent prep hype machine websites, among them Middle School Elite and TheHoopDoctors, despite being nearly four years too young to normally register on a "middle school" talent radar. Considering the fact that the third-grader has already been invited to college basketball camps (would it be a shock to learn that Tennessee was one school which reportedly reached out to Wyatt Jr. and his parents?), for once, the seemingly premature attention might actually be right on schedule.
As if there was any reason to shine even more of the spotlight on Wyatt Jr., the location where he plays his basketball is in the same state as one universally branded in connection with a former phenom turned global superstar: Toledo, Ohio, just a drive from the once and always (if you believe King James himself) hometown of LeBron James. As one might expect, the Cleveland area has already begun touting Wyatt Jr. as a potential eventual homegrown replacement for James' abdicated throne, despite Wyatt Jr. being more than a decade away from the NBA.
Whether Wyatt Jr. can continue to progress at his early rapid rate is anyone's guess. He wouldn't be the first player to ride a rollercoaster of media attention all the way from the tail end of elementary school to the NBA, as John Wall proved last year.
For Wyatt Jr., Wall can actually provide a potential role model for how his future might unfold under the best of circumstances. One thing is certain: With Wyatt Jr.'s father, Keetan Wyatt Sr., insistent on helping his son remain in the media spotlight throughout his development, there is no doubt that KeeWee will remain on the national for the foreseeable future.