Robert Bobroczky, a 7-foot-7, 16-year-old freshman at SPIRE Institute, has been tipped to become the tallest player to ever play in the NBA and of the tallest in the history of the sport.
According to Odditycentral.com, Bobroczky is a native of Romania and is on track to become the eighteenth person in medical history to reach or surpass eight feet in height despite having his growth rate has slowed down over the last four years.
He currently trains at a state-of-the-art international academy in Geneva, Ohio.
At age 12, he was already 7 feet tall but now at 16, he has been having difficulty with his weight.
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He weighs only 190 pounds but if he is to reach the NBA, the first priority is bulking up.
The world first heard about Robert Bobroczky a couple of years ago, when a video of him towering over other teenagers on the basketball court went viral on Facebook, with over 3 million views. He was 7-foot-3 at the time, basically a giant for his age.
Robert’s father, Zsiga, was also a professional basketball player who played on Romania’s national team, alongside 7-foot-7 Gheorghe Muresan, one of the two tallest players to have ever played in the NBA.
Still a freshman, Robert Bobroczky recently made his high school basketball debut on Jan. 12, in an 87-51 loss to First Love Christian Academy of Washington.
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One of his biggest challenges, however, is moving up and down the court at a good pace, which isn’t exactly easy for a boy with such a long frame.
At just 16 years old, Robert Bobroczky would be the tallest basketball player in the NBA right now, and is in fact the second tallest basketball player in the world, behind 29-year-old Paul Sturgess, a 7-foot-8 professional player from England.