World’s tallest teen girl a 6-11 hoopster in New Jersey
Maybe next year she’ll be ready to post up Shaq. Not yet, though.
After all, Marvadene Anderson needs to grow another inch before she
can see eye-to-eye with a 7-footer.
For now, she will have to settle for being the world’s
tallest teenage girl and a 6-11 sophomore on the Rutgers Prep
basketball team in Somerset, N.J.
“Everyone has come up to me and asked if I play college
basketball. I told them I’m only a sophomore in high school. They
gasped when I told them,” Anderson, 16, told the New York Post.
Her basketball potential earned the Jamaican native a
scholarship to the New Jersey prep school. Back home, Anderson
played netball — a Jamaican variation of basketball —
so she has spent the past few months adjusting to the American
Anderson’s coach at Rutgers Prep, Mary Coyle-Klinger, said:
“Of course, she is going to be a star. She’s a natural. She’s only
been playing two months, and it’s amazing how well she’s adapted.”
And if you want to ask her how the weather is up there,
Anderson probably wouldn’t even frown. Her outgoing personality has
resulted in the nickname of “Bubbles.”
“People are friendly with me because of my height and my
personality,” she said. “If I was tall and mean, I think I’d have a
And speaking of problems …
“The rudest thing anybody ever said about my height is that
I’m not going to be able to find a husband.”