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Published: Thursday, July 3 2014 12:00 p.m. MDT

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BYU and Jazz Fan
Provo, UT

Please let this kid have a normal childhood. Before you know it he's going to be receiving scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas, and every other college in the nation. Furthermore, he is going to be projected to be the #1 pick in the 2029 NBA draft. This is why I don't like articles like this because it is just going to build the kids hype and then basketball is going to be his life. I hope the parents don't go overboard.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Why all the national news? Put it to rest DN!

Orem, UT

I don't know what the big deal is. I can beat people twice my age as well. Of course, I'm 51. Amazing story!

Wilf 55

Indeed, BYU and Jazz Fan, most countries in the world have strict regulations to protect children against this kind of publicity and potential exploitation. The International Labour Organisation Report on child performers (which includes athletes) warns: such children are at risk of exploitation, limited formal education, physical and psychological harm, and the premature loss of innocence. I think the U.S. is one of the few countries where there are virtually no legal limits to what media and money can do with children. Also, stories like this often entice parents to expect similar miracles from their children, with all the drama too high expectations might provoke.

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