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Titus the toddler wows with hoops skills 

Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM ET


Video: Two-year-old Titus stunned the Internet with a video of him making trick basketball shots that has earned almost 1 million hits since Sunday. He shows off his moves as his family talks about how they discovered his talent.

He shoots. He scores! Again and again and again.... The latest viral video features a pint-sized basketball phenom with some amazing trick shots up his 2T sleeve. Titus may be little, but this kid’s got game that many grown-ups would love to have.

Titus’ dad, Joseph Ashby of Wichita, Kan., uploaded a video of his toddler son shooting hoops to YouTube recently and people can’t stop talking about this kid’s crazy b-ball skills. Even professional trick-shotters the Harlem Globetrotters are impressed. “Trick shots are supposed to be our specialty… While we still consider ourselves masters of the trick shot, we think we've found the real master. And while mastering the trick shot took us 87 years, it took Titus less than two,” the Globetrotters posted on their website.

Video: A toddler named Titus started shooting baskets before his second birthdayand quickly graduated to trick shots, like bouncing the ball off the wall and shooting while lying on his back.

So how long has he had his hoop skills? "Since he could start walking. Around 15 months old," Titus's father told Al Roker on TODAY Thursday alongside his wife Kristin and three other kids. "He would snuggle with me and watch NBA games on computer."

The video, which is a montage of shots taken over a six-month period, is impressive, even to non-sports fans. Around the corner, up the stairs, into the net? Sure. Lying on his back on a trampoline? Why not? Even when the basket’s guarded by his three older siblings, little Titus is easily able to sink a shot.

“Amazing shots from a kid (Titus) between 18 and 24 months old. He began shooting baskets shortly after learning to walk, we started filming some, and then got totally carried away,” Ashby posted along with the video.

When it comes to making those trick basketball shots – does practice make perfect for Titus?

Mom thinks so. Kristin Ashby home-schools her four children, and Titus doesn't have many assignments at age 2. "He just runs off to the hoop." Kristin told Natalie Morales.

Dana Macario is a Seattle-area mom who sucks at HORSE and would never want to go up against Titus.

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