Elhadji Tacko Fall is a high school basketball player at Liberty Christian Preparatory School in Tavares, Fla., about 40 miles northwest or Orlando. He is very tall.
At 7 feet 5, the junior from Senegal is “hearing from a lot of division one colleges,” he says, which is unsurprising, considering he’s taller than Hasheem Thabeet, the NBA’s current height leader at 7-3. Fall wears a size-22 shoe (same size as Shaquille O’Neal) and “is capable of eating a pizza topped with cheese, chicken and hamburger in one sitting. Anything to keep weight on his frame,” the Orlando Sentinel reported last year.
But if the whole basketball thing doesn’t pan out — Sports Illustrated reported in 2011 that an American man taller than 7 feet has a 17 percent chance of becoming an NBA player — Fall can fall back (heh) on his 4.0 grade-point average: “he’d be perfectly happy as a biochemist, too,” 10News in Tampa reported.