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Every day the secretary at Brethren Christian High School here fields phone calls from college scouts regarding Mamadou Ndiaye, a junior on the school's basketball team. That is not unusual: Ndiaye is a budding college prospect who averages 22.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game for the Warriors.
What is extraordinary is that the Guinness Book of World Records recently phoned to inquire about Ndiaye.
"Our school wouldn't cooperate with them," Brethren Christian's coach, Jon Bahnsen, said, "but Guinness probably wanted to see if he was the world's tallest high school basketball player."
The 18-year-old native of Senegal stands 7-foot-5, weighs 310 pounds and wears size 19½ lime green Nike Zoom Kobe VI shoes. At 89 inches, Ndiaye is two inches taller than anyone currently toiling in the NBA even though he plays for a tiny private school (enrollment: 250) that currently does not even have its own gym.
While his stats may be skewed due...
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