World’s tallest pro hoops player leads Harlem Globetrotters

Paul “Tiny” Sturgess will add 7-feet 8-inches to the New York City skyline.
Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters
Photo courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters

The world’s tallest professional basketball player, Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, will add 7-feet 8-inches to the New York City skyline when he leads the Harlem Globetrotters into New York City for six games from Feb. 17-20, including one game at Madison Square Garden.

Facts and figures about 7-8 Tiny Sturgess:

– Tiny was officially recognized on Nov. 17, 2011, by Guinness World Records as the World’s Tallest Professional Basketball Player

– Born and raised in Loughborough, England

– Wears a size 20 shoe

– Grew a foot between the ages of 16 & 17

– Father is 6-9 and mother is only 5-5

– Excellent soccer player (or football as he would call it)

– Loves to play golf with his custom-made clubs and crushes 360-yard drives

– Played college basketball at Mountain State University in West Virginia (class of 2011)

– Helped Mountain State to two regional championships

– Made the dean’s list in college three times

– Enjoys swimming

– Wants to be a physiotherapist after his basketball career

Tiny will team up with Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2. Other rookies on the Globetrotters include the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest. They join Globetrotter veterans such as Flight Time Lang – a two-time competitor on “The Amazing Race” and the team’s showman Special K Daley.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.

Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.

Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. NYC area games include:

Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ

Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. Prudential Center in Newark

Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Madison Square Garden

Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Monday, Feb. 20 at 1:00 p.m. IZOD Center.

Rookie Harlem Globetrotter Paul “Tiny” Sturgess.

Photo by Mark Buckner

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