World's tallest basketballer - 7ft 7in Paul Sturgess - joins Cheshire

Paul Sturgess
Paul Sturgess travelled around the world for two years playing for Harlem Globetrotters

The world's tallest basketball player has signed for British Basketball League side Cheshire Phoenix.

Paul Sturgess, who is 7ft 7inexternal-link and wears size 20 boots, is the second tallest living Englishman.

He spent two years with exhibition team Harlem Globetrotters and has been at Springfield Armour and Texas Legends.

"I have been enjoying my time back in England and the chance to play in the BBL whilst I am here is something I will relish," said the 26-year-old.

"I am excited to join my new team-mates and hope to fulfil whatever role is given to me."

The tallest living Englishman is Neil Fingleton at just over 7ft 7in.

How does Sturgess compare?
6ft 6in - standard height of an internal door in the United Kingdom
6ft 8in - height of NBA star LeBron James
7ft 7in - tallest player in NBA history, Romanian Gheorghe Mureșan
8ft 3in - height of tallest living person, Sultan Kosen from Turkey
8ft 11in - height of tallest man ever, American Robert Wadlow
14ft 4in - height of a double decker bus

Phoenix, who play at the Northgate Arena in Chester, are fourth in the BBL Championship table, four points behind leaders Newcastle Eagles.

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