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  • Paul Sturgess is an English professional basketball player who plays for the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. He was officially measured barefeet by Guinness World Records in November 2011 at 7 ft 7.26 in and 325 lb. Sturgess was the tallest ever college basketball player in the United States and is the tallest professional basketball player in the world. Paul "Tiny" Sturgess was "drafted" by the Harlem Globetrotters in August 2011 and is the tallest ever to play for the team. He joined the team with fellow rookie Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, who at 5 ft 2 in is the shortest player ever and is 2.5 ft shorter than Sturgess. Sturgess wears a size 18 shoe. He is the second tallest living Englishman behind Neil Fingleton who is 7 ft 7.56 in tall. Examinations as a teenager revealed that his growth is healthy and not the result of disorder, but rather he possesses familial tall stature—that is to say his height is genetic. His biological father is 6 ft 9 in, and there are other tall members in his family although his mother is 5 ft 5 in and his younger sister is 5 ft 6 in.

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