|No. 23 – SPIRE Institute|
|Born||July 17, 2000|
|Listed height||7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio)|
Róbert Bobróczkyi, anglicised Bobroczky, (Hungarian: Bobróczkyi Róbert, born July 17, 2000) is a Romanian basketball player for SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, US. Standing 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in), he has drawn attention for his exceptional height.
Bobróczkyi was born in Arad, Romania, the son of the Romanian-born Hungarian Zsigmond Bobróczkyi, a former basketball player, 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) tall, and Brunhilde, a former volleyball and handball player, 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in). At age 8 he was taller than his mother, at 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) tall, and by the age of 12 he reached a height of 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in), surpassing his father. As such, he was taller than Robert Wadlow was from the ages 8 to 13 years. He has been the subject of medical studies nearly his entire life, leading to the prevailing opinion that his height is a result of healthy genetics (i.e. familial or constitutional tall stature), not a hormonal disease or overgrowth syndrome. Bobróczkyi weighed just 190 lb (86 kg) during his high school basketball debut.
In 2014, Bobróczkyi was recruited by A.S. Stella Azzurra, an amateur-level basketball club based in Italy that produced NBA power forward Andrea Bargnani. A scouting report on him noted that Bobróczkyi possessed an improved midrange jumper and passing ability, and his physical attributes made him an obvious mismatch against any of his opponents. Like most players of his stature however, Bobróczkyi was limited by his lack of muscle mass, endurance, and mobility on the court. His tremendously awkward gait and threat of exhaustion forced Bobróczkyi to play limited minutes after helping the team win its Under-15 championship title. Despite his limitations, Bobróczkyi became an internet sensation in early 2016, as videos surfaced of him dominating much shorter competition during a game with Stella Azzurra.
In 2016, Bobróczkyi moved to Geneva, Ohio in the US to attend the prep school SPIRE Institute and Academy. Entering his freshman season, Bobróczkyi was put on a minutes restriction as he attempted to bulk up his physique for a transition into faster, more physical American basketball. On January 14, 2017, Bobróczkyi made his debut for SPIRE Institute. As of January 2018[update] he attends nearby Grand River Academy.
As of 2017, Bobróczkyi is currently the second tallest basketball player in the world, behind Paul Sturgess, who played in what is now known as the NBA G League. As a high school senior, Bobróczkyi wears size 17 shoes and has a 140 cm (57 in) inseam.
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