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Tacko Fall is a 7-foot-5 high school basketball player

Tacko-FallOklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet is currently the tallest player in the NBA. The former UConn standout stands at 7 feet, 3 inches tall. Tacko Fall is two inches taller than him, and he’s only a high schooler.

At 7-foot-5, Fall is the tallest high school basketball player in the country. He would also be the tallest player in the NBA. As you might expect, the Liberty Christian Prep (Fla.) junior can barely fit into most cars and has to sleep diagonally across his bed. He also bumps his head a lot.

“When I walk through the door, every once in a while I forget to duck, and I’ll hit my head,” Fall told the Orlando Sentinel back in November. “I hit my head on the ceiling fan in [Liberty Christian coach Paul Archer's] house the first time I was there. It almost knocked me out. It hurt.”

Fall, who can dunk without jumping, has an incredible 8-foot wingspan. He just began playing basketball a few years ago when his family came over from Senegal, so he’s still a very raw talent.

“Kids from Senegal tend to be passive,” Liberty Christian coach Paul Archer said. “You have to get them to understand the American way of playing basketball. One thing we need to do is get him in the weight room and get him stronger.

“There still is a lot of work we have to do with him. Next year is his big year.”

Big is an understatement. Fall doesn’t even have to know how to put the ball in the basket and he would still be an intriguing NBA prospect. That type of height is extremely rare, and any NBA scout would salivate over it. There will be no shortage of interest in the 7-foot-5 giant.

H/T Uproxx

High school team wins on amazing inbound alley-oop (Video)

high-school-alley-oopThe inbound alley-oop is an incredibly challenging play to execute. When you attempt it at the high school level from half-court with two seconds remaining in a tie game, it’s almost impossible. SouthLake Christian Academy in North Carolina found a way.

With the score tied 59-59, senior center Andrew Howard got behind the defense and threw down an awesome one-handed dunk to give SLCA a 61-59 win over Hickory Grove. The play was perfectly executed and made its way onto SportsCenter.

We are no strangers to inbound alley-oops, but most of the time they happen when the pass comes from the baseline. These high schoolers can obviously ball.

H/T @cjzero

High school students chant ‘We want Slurpees’ at student who appeared to be Indian (Video)

We-Want-Slurpees-chantA group of students from Pittsford Southerland High School in New York embarrassed themselves during a basketball game last Friday night when they taunted an opposing player from Brighton High School who appeared to be of Indian decent. The students chanted “We Want Slurpees” while the opponent was at the free throw line, which is a reference to Indian-Americans owning 7-Eleven stores.

According to WROC 8, the Pittsford student who was leading the chant was removed from the game. The superintendents from both school regions released a joint statement on Monday regarding the incident.

“We were very disappointed to learn of this incident,” Brighton’s Kevin McGowan and Pittsford’s Mike Pero said. “We have been working with our colleagues in both districts throughout the weekend to address intolerant and unacceptable fan behavior. That work continues today. The students involved took full responsibility for their behavior, and attempts are being made to right this wrong between the students and to address the long- term learning that can arise from the disappointing behaviors of a few.”

The students who were responsible for the chant could face further disciplinary action from the school. The player who was taunted declined to comment.

Unfortunately, we see this type of stuff happen at all levels of sports. Last year, the Washington student section passed out flyers that encouraged students to taunt an opponent over his Iranian background. It’s just as uncalled for in high school as it is in college.

H/T Deadspin

High school basketball players suspended after school claims they flashed gang signs

Two high school basketball players from Sheboygan Falls (Wisc.) High School were suspended recently after they took a photo holding up what the school perceived to be gang signs. The problem, one of the students says, is that he was simply making a three-point gesture while his younger brother was pointing at the camera.

Brothers Jordan, Jamal and Juwan Jackson just moved to Sheboygan Falls, and a local newspaper was writing a feature story about their arrival. Jordan told 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin that the photographer asked them to take one serious photo and one goofy one. It was the goofy one that landed them in trouble.

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HS player Marvey’o Otey makes insane behind-the-back shot while saving ball (Video)

Marveyo-Otey-amazing-shotA high school basketball player from William Byrd High School in Virginia recently made one of the best and most improbable plays you will ever see in your life. Marvey’o Otey chased down an errant pass from a teammate and somehow saved it from going out of bounds. And when I say saved it, I mean Otey saved it by tossing it directly into the hoop.

Otey caught up to the ball and flung it behind his back before his momentum took him through the gymnasium doors and out of the gym. I don’t know if he was intentionally throwing the ball at the hoop or not, but it doesn’t matter.

You want to outdo Otey? Pull off the same shot, only have it be a game-winning buzzer-beater. That’s the only way you’re going to top it.

Video via The Big Lead

Girls high school basketball players suspended for throwing up ‘shocker’ in senior picture

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Three young ladies from Farmington (Ill.) High School were recently suspended for flashing a certain symbol during their basketball team’s senior photo. That symbol, which many of you are likely familiar with, is known as the “shocker.”

If you don’t know what the shocker is, you can consult urban dictionary. We’re not going to explain it because we like to keep things as PG-13 as we can. School administration decided to suspend the girls for the stunt, and at least one of them seemed to get a charge out of it. She sent some tweets about the suspension and deleted them, but not before Barstool Sports was able to capture a screenshot.

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High school water polo player pushes opponent into pool during handshakes (Video)

Water-Polo-shoveDoes this type of thing happen all the time? I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a damn thing about water polo — let alone high school water polo — but this video infatuates me.

According to the Miami Herald, there was a lot of “physical play” during a recent state championship match between St. Thomas Aquinas and Belen Jesuit. That apparently spilled over into the handshake line after the match, where a Belen player was seen shoving an Aquinas player into the pool.

Am I stunned that a player shoved another player into the pool like that? Not really. What does strike me as hilarious is that no one even flinched when it happened. The two dudes behind the one who got tossed just kept doing what they were doing and pretended like the kid jumped into the pool on his own because his leg was on fire or something. Actually, if his leg was on fire there probably would have been some enthusiasm from his teammates.

This isn’t the first time we have seen funny business in the handshake line (see: coach tripping 13-year-old player) and it won’t be the last. That being said, the delayed reaction makes me believe this is standard procedure for water polo. Someone pisses you off, you push them in the pool after the match — it’s that simple.

H/T Deadspin