Canadian teenage basketball prodigy set to join Florida team as world’s tallest athlete

World's tallest teen, from Canada, to play basketball for Florida team

“Meet Olivier Rioux, the Tallest Teen Basketball Player on Earth

The Florida Gators are about to gain a new team member who stands head and shoulders above the rest. Olivier Rioux, a towering 7-foot-6 teenager from Montreal, has announced his commitment to join the University of Florida’s men’s basketball team for the 2024 season. At just 17 years old, Rioux holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest teenager, surpassing the likes of NBA legends Yao Ming and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as rookie Victor Wembanyama.

A Blessing in Disguise

In an interview earlier this year, Rioux expressed his view of his extraordinary height as a blessing rather than a curse. He sees it as a tool that opens up numerous opportunities, from gaining fame to excelling in basketball and even reaching the highest shelf in the kitchen. Despite his young age, Rioux’s towering height has already propelled him into the world of basketball, starting with playing the sport at the age of five and quickly advancing to national and international levels.

A Rising Star

Rioux’s basketball career took a significant leap at the age of 12 when he was invited to participate in an international tournament in Spain, capturing the attention and awe of NBA stars such as Steph Curry and Joel Embiid. Since then, he has played for Team Quebec, Team Canada, and has been a student athlete at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida.

Looking Ahead

As the tallest teen on Earth continues to develop his skills and grow in the sport, it’s not far-fetched to anticipate that he may continue to physically grow taller as well. With his commitment to the Florida Gators, Rioux is set to make waves in the world of college basketball and beyond.

Rioux’s journey is a testament to the power of embracing one’s uniqueness and utilizing it to achieve great things. His towering height is not merely a physical attribute, but a symbol of his determination, resilience, and the endless opportunities that lie ahead. As he embarks on this new chapter in his basketball career, the world eagerly watches and awaits the rise of the tallest teen on Earth.”



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