Paul Sturgess (basketball)
|No. 44 – Texas Legends|
November 25, 1987 |
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
|Listed height||7 ft 8 in (2.34 m)|
|Listed weight||320 lb (145 kg)|
|High school||Burleigh Community College
|College||Florida Tech (2007–2008)
Brevard CC (2008–2009)
Mountain State (2009–2011)
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
Paul Sturgess (born November 25, 1987) is an English professional basketball player. He was officially measured by Guinness World Records in November 2011 at 7 ft 7.26 in (2.3180 m) and 325 lb (147 kg). Sturgess was the tallest ever college basketball player in the United States and is the tallest professional basketball player in the world.
Paul "Tiny" Sturgess was "drafted" by the Globetrotters in August 2011 and is the tallest ever to play for the team. He joined the team with fellow rookie Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, who at 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) is the shortest player ever and is 2.5 ft (76 cm) shorter than Sturgess.
Sturgess wears a size 22 shoe. He is the second tallest living Englishman behind Neil Fingleton who is 7 ft 7.56 in (2.3256 m) tall. Examinations as a teenager revealed that his growth is healthy and not the result of disorder, but rather he possesses familial tall stature—that is to say his height is genetic. His biological father is 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), and there are other tall members in his family although his mother is 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) and his younger sister is 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). He featured prominently in the 2007 ITV1 television documentary Supersize Kids: Britain's Tallest Teens when he was 19 and playing at Florida Tech.
Sturgess enjoys playing many other sports and before concentrating on basketball also played golf and football. He started playing team basketball at age 14 when he was 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), was 7 ft (2.1 m) aged 16 playing at Burleigh Community College, and was 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) when he graduated high school at age 18. A growth spurt during ages of 16 and 17 resulted in a 1 ft (30 cm) of height added within a single year. Sturgess can hold the 10 ft (3.0 m) high rim whilst standing. He declined offers to play professional basketball in Europe, preferring to pursue basketball in the US. In addition to limited playing time, academic problems and lack of credits limited his college career.
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