LaVar Ball announced on Tuesday that his youngest son, LaMelo Ball, will be heading back to high school for his senior year at the SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio.
One of his teammates there will be Robert Bobroczky, who at 7-foot-7 is the tallest high school player in the world.
You can get to know him in this great video below by Overtime in which Bobroczky talks about the challenges he’s faced both with his size and with coming to a new country to play basketball:
Bobroczky said he was 6-foot-10 when he was 12 years old and reached 7-foot-5 when he was 14.
He described in the video what it has been like to be so tall so young:
My father used to tell me that it’s a blessing or a curse – it’s up to you how you see it. And it is, indeed. When I was young I tried to look at it as a blessing but I was not mature enough so most of the time I looked at it as if I wished I was shorter so people wouldn’t look at me. But when I realized there was more than just you, things changed. You don’t work just for yourself. You also work for your family, for your community, for your fiends. In my case you work for my country so I just want to make everybody proud and not let them down. That’s the motivation.
He’s entering his third year at SPIRE, a place that he said it has been “the biggest opportunity of my life.”
And while Ball will get a lot of attention, here’s hoping that Bobroczky can impress, too.
Because the big man deserves it.