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Nigerian Basketballer Hopes To Become NBA’s Tallest Ever Player 

Nigerian Basketballer Hopes To Become NBA’s Tallest Ever Player 

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A 7ft 9in Nigerian basketball player Abiodun Adegoke is hoping to catch the attention of the NBA by becoming the league’s tallest ever player.

At his towering height, Adegoke can dunk with both feet still on the ground. 

A viral video shared by legendary four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, shows the 18-year-old centre dunking the ball with ease at a youth development camp in Dubai. 

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Abiodun Adegoke

Despite his height, Adegoke moves with agility, making short work of the diminutive defence. 

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O’Neal was known for using his 7ft 1in frame to devastating effect on the court.

Adegoke stands seven inches taller than any NBA player in history.

Former Washington Bullets centre Gheorghe Muresan remains the tallest player in NBA history at 7ft 7in, while Manute Bol stood 7ft 6in. 

Slavko Vranes, Shawn Bradley and Houston Rockets legend Yao Ming were also measured at 7ft 6in.

China’s Sun Mingming – also 7ft 9in – holds the record for tallest basketball player to play professionally in the US, having played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Adegoke is currently training with the MPAC Sports UAE system as he makes plans for his future. 

He has so far been overlooked by American scouts, perhaps due to controversy surrounding his age. 

Nigerian media reports from 2016 gave the player’s age as 17. At the time he was a student of a sports academy in Lagos.

Adegoke insists he is 18.  

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