They say modern basketball is suffering from dwarfism.
Back in the day, towering 7-footers were a frequent sight on NBA rosters, but that is no longer the case. In fact, this year's NBA All-Star game starting lineups featured no conventional centers. Soft 6'10 forwards – Blake Griffin and Kevin Love – were as tall as they got.
But in the midst of these concerns there comes this high school baller named Tacko Falls, who stands at a staggering seven feet five inches, and considering that he is still only 18, there is a good chance he may have at least another growth spurt left in him.
Nicknamed Taco, this man-mountain has a wingspan of 8-foot and weighs 250 pounds, which is quite impressive for someone his size.
But while he has been gifted generously in the physique department, he needs a lot more polishing in the skills department. That's because he is from Senegal and very new to the game of basketball. In fact, it's only been a year since he started playing organized ball.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet is also an African athlete with similar stature, but the way his career is going, it's clear that size alone never gets anyone anywhere. It's a good thing then that Taco isn't fast tracking his career like Thabeet – who joined the University of Connecticut straight out of Tanzania.
Currently a junior with Liberty Christian Prep, Taco is working hard to hone his skills. At the moment, this Liberty Christian Prep junior is limited to just operating in the paint, but once fully developed, he could become an extremely dominant defensive presence, the likes of which we might not have seen since the days of Dikembe Mutombo.
By the way, the University of North Carolina center Kenny George was widely believed to be the tallest college basketball player until he quit playing due to a foot amputation. This is what the 7'7 former sportsman looked like in his short career:
Here's a picture of Kenny George. He actually had to have part of his leg amputated. Crazy to see someone that big. pic.twitter.com/DYpZt0kKLX— Josh Mathews (@VNewsSports) January 19, 2014
And then there is UC Irvine's center Mamadou Ndiaye, who is 7'6.