A giant on the court who’s making tall guys feel short!
This 7 foot 5 inch tall basketball player stands head and shoulders above the crowd. He’s a force to be reckoned with that any team would want to have on their side. Mamadou Ndiaye, tallest player in the United States, towers over teammates and rivals alike while on court and has been sought after by NBA scouts since arriving on the scene.
But things could have gone quite differently for the 17 year old, who weighs 308 lbs. and wears a size 18 ½ shoe, after a tumour on his pituitary gland nearly left him blind. The Senegal born star, player for the Brethern Warriors School in California’s Huntington Beach, moved to the U.S. after he was sponsored by Simi Valley’s Stoneridge Prep. Doctors discovered a large tumour on his pituitary gland during a physical examination, which they believe has contributed to his accelerated growth.
The physicians warned Ndiaye that if the tumour was not removed in two years, he would eventually go blind. His visa was then at risk because he could not remain enrolled as a student, due to the school’s inadequate insurance coverage. Fortunately two sympathetic members of the local community, who lived near to Brethren Christian which is 82 miles away from Stoneridge, chose to get married so that they could became his legal guardians.
Brethren Christian basketball Coach Jon Bahnsen recently said that he has high hopes for his player, inspite of YouTube videos that feature Ndiaye making mistakes on the court. Coach Bahnsen recently said: “’He’s the best person I’ve ever been around in my life. It’s hard for him to do anything without people gawking at him, but he handles it well”.
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