7-Year-Old Girl With Incredible Handles Has Sights Set On The NBA

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Meet 7-year-old Jaliyah Manuel. She has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram, and that’s for one good reason: She’s a basketball phenom.

The New Orleans girl wants to be the first woman to play in the NBA (she also wants to be a nurse), and with her ball-handling skills right now, she very well could make it to that level.

Manuel told Bleacher Report that she models her game after LeBron James, Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, Brittney Griner, and Diana Taurasi.

Her dad put a ball in her hands when she was just a year old, before she could even talk. Here’s what she can do today.


Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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