TORRINGTON, Conn. — There’s Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James — and then there’s Brayden Ledoux, a two-foot Torrington toddler with a surprise swish.
“Mom, dad, ball. Those were his first words,” said Kaleigh Ledoux, Brayden’s mother.
The 21-month-old got his mini-basketball hoop on his first birthday, WTIC reports.
“He barely could start walking yet and he would just throw it in the hoop and of course he was missing for a long time,” said dad Chris Ledoux.
Brayen plays basketball for at least an hour a day, and now the baby baller is upping his game. “He’s on the couch. He’s on a stool, he’s really anywhere. He’s trying to do trick shots sometimes,” said Chris Ledoux.
“Now he’s progressed into throwing two balls in the hoop at the same time, making them in. I mean, it’s just unbelievable how good he is for his age that he is,” said Kaleigh Ledoux.
Brayden will make multiple shots in a row, take a break to play with his trucks, then return to the hoop.
“You give him a ball, he’ll shoot ten times. He’s probably gonna make it 7, 8 times,” said Brayden’s dad. “He’s got good depth perception. If it’s close, he throws it light to make it. Far away — he knows how hard to throw it to make it in.”
It’s talent of course, but also a lot of practice and a good bloodline.
“I played volleyball, I did basketball for a little while,” said Kaleigh Ledoux.
“I played sports my whole life, from I was maybe like, 8 years old,” said her husband. “It’s kind of just like a family thing. Everybody is very athletic.”
Even so, the junior jock’s skills continue to surprise mom and dad. Brayden’s even catching on to football and other sports these days — all before his second birthday.
“He can hold a golf club, like in a perfect stance of how you swing a golf club, it’s amazing,” said Kaleigh Ledoux.
Brayden’s parents aren’t sure what his future holds, but they have no doubt athletics will play a big role.