High school basketball player is tallest in the US

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High School Basketball Player Might Be Tallest In U.S.


Alhaji Fall might be the tallest high school athlete in the U.S., and a video of his skills on the basketball court is going viral.

"Alhaji Fall, or Tacko, as he's known to his friends, makes dunking look easy."

Check out these stats. He's 7 feet 5 inches tall with a wingspan of 8 feet, and his shoe size is 22.

Let's put this into perspective. Fall is 4 inches taller than Shaquille O'Neal ...

And he's only 2 inches shorter than the tallest pro basketball player in the world, Paul Sturgess, who stands at 7-foot-7. When asked what it feels like to dunk as easily as he does, Fall says it feels incredible.

"That feels great. That feels amazing."

According to CBS, Fall is from Dakar, Senegal, and he started playing basketball just six months before coming to the U.S. in 2012.

Fall is killing it in the classroom too. He attends Liberty Christian Prep in Central Florida, and his GPA is almost a 4.0. Fall told CBShe wants to continue playing basketball, but if he doesn't, he'd like to be a biochemist.

Fall's story might remind you of Mamadou Ndiaye, also from Senegal. He played for a private Christian school in California and was widely reported to be 7 feet, 5 inches tall.

Now he's part of the Big West Conference, playing for the UC Irvine Anteaters, who list his height as 7 feet 6 inches.

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