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7'5" high school basketball star is taller than any NBA player

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:31am

In the little Lake County town of Tavares, resides the tallest high school basketball player in the country.

Sixteen-year old Elhadji Tacko Fall is anything but a uniform student at Liberty Christian Preparatory School.

The 7'5" junior strolls the halls a yard above his fellow schoolmates. The iPad he totes from classroom to classroom, looks like an iPhone in his nearly foot long hands. He is 4 inches taller than Shaquille O'Neal.

Affectionately known at school as "Taco," his fellow students have to look up to smile hello, while looking out for his size 22 shoe. "Taco's" wingspan is eight feet and his hands measure nearly a foot long!

A native of Dakar, Senegal, Fall came to the United States in 2012, to learn the game of basketball, while trying to take advantage of his gifted traits.

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

He's since been embraced by the Lions at Liberty Christian Prep in Central Florida, living with another family as a part of an international host program. "Taco" has mastered the art of ducking through doors.

He also speaks four languages. The 7'5" junior strolls the halls a yard above his fellow schoolmates.

High-fiving teammates proves to be a challenge. Defenders stand no chance when attempting to block "Taco's" shots.

A game he's looking to excel at, like he does in the classroom. While the school doesn't have a desk big enough to fit "Taco," he's managed just fine, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Asked if he'd like to keep playing basketball, Fall said, "Yes. Hopefully yeah. If I don't, I want to be a biochemist."

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

But difficulty is a situation, Fall is familiar with during his time in his native country. His goal, is a familiar one in the U.S.

"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.

Fall is still trying to stabilize his own situation on the court, just a year-and-a-half in to learning the game.
"I'm much better than where I started and I'm hearing from a lot of division one colleges," said Fall.

Already taller than any player in the NBA, the sky appears to be the limit for this young man, who can nearly touch the clouds.

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