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Tallest US High School Basketball Player Towers Over Shaq (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Elhadji Fall is the tallest high school basketball player in the country.

The 7' 5" senior at Liberty Christian Preparatory School in Tavares, Fla., is two inches taller than Hasheem Thabeet, the tallest player in the NBA.

Fall, 16, has a wingspan of 8 feet and wears size 22 shoes, the same as former NBA great Shaquille O' Neal whom he towers over (video below).

Fall was born in Dakar, Senegal, but came to the U.S. a year-and-a-half ago via former Orlando Magic player Pat Burke and his ex-Auburn University teammate Mamadou N'Diaye, whose brother has a basketball school in Senegal.

"I haven't been playing basketball that long," Fall told WTSP. "When I first got here it was very fast, now it is just a game."

"I hopefully will be able to make it one day playing basketball and earn enough money to take care of my mother and brother to have a stable environment," said Fall. "I'm much better than where I started and I'm hearing from a lot of division one colleges."

"I'm hoping to play professional basketball," Fall told the Orlando Sentinel, "But at the same I time I want to be a biochemist."

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Fall has a 4.0 grade point average, even though he is too big for any school desk.

"I could do better if I really applied myself," added Fall. "The academics are much more difficult in Senegal."

Sources: Orlando Sentinel and WTSP