Billy Bryson initially brushed aside the rumor he heard from his teammate, Dakota Warren.
Then Bryson saw Mamadou Ndiaye up close, touring Brethren Christian Senior High last winter.
"I was just in awe -- just amazed," Bryson, 18, said. "I couldn't believe it."
Ndiaye has elicited the same reaction while taking the court for Brethren this season.
His wingspan is more than 8 feet long. Ndiaye's uniform and shoes (size 19 1/2) had to be special ordered. Without shoes, he is 7-5, 310, and that is not an inflated high school statistic.
"I measured him myself," Brethren coach Jon Bahnsen said. "He's a legitimate 7-5 -- actually just barely over 7-5."
To put his size in perspective, the 18-year-old junior is taller than any current NBA player. (Hasheem Thabeet at 7-3, 267 comes closest.)
Mobile for his frame, the Senegal native has taken the Academy League by storm. For the 17-5 Warriors he averages 23.2 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocks. Because of his length, those blocks include swatting 15-foot jump shots while he is stationed near the basket.
"We've played big kids before, but this is ... different," Laguna Beach (Calif.) High coach Bret Fleming said. "It looks like a dad playing with a bunch of little kids."
When Ndiaye comes to midcourt for the opening tip, it often evokes laughter from the crowd as he dwarfs the opposing big man. Now even mid-week games at the school's Liberty Christian gymnasium are packed.
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