Meet Mamadou Ndiaye, The Tallest Basketball Player In The U.S.

  • Mamadou Ndiaye literally rises above the high school basketball competition in California. At the staggering height of 7-feet-5-inches, it’s not even an exaggeration.

    Ndiaye not only holds an easy claim to the tallest high school basketball player in the United States and perhaps the world, the 17-year-old is one of the tallest people period. He’s already two inches taller than any current NBA player.

    Hailing from Senegal, Ndiaye plays for the Huntington Beach Brethren School Christian School in Huntington Beach, Calif. His size may be a result of a large tumor found in his pituitary gland when he received a physical exam. A developing prospect, Ndiaye’s imposing 310-pound figure allows him to average 22.9 points and 13.2 rebounds per game. These are the stats that get college recruiters salivating.

    While he has some ways to go before developing into a Div. I college basketball player, his size may one day be a ticket to the NBA. If he ends up playing for a college program, he would be the tallest student-athlete since 7-foot-7 Kenny George played for the University of North Carolina at Asheville Bulldogs.

    And in case you’re curious, the world’s tallest living person is Sultan Kösen of Turkey, who is a lanky 8-feet-3-inches tall, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Here’s a video of Ndiaye in action.