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7'5" High School Hoops Star

How to Hit the Adoption Jackpot

2/6/2012 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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It's like "The Blind Side: Basketball Edition" ... a family in Huntington Beach, CA takes in a 17-year-old, 7'5" Senegalese hoopster -- and some people think it's the best investment since Apple.

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DirtySouth    

Unless he's the next Hakeem Olajuwon or is coached by him, I'd give him less than 50% odds of being successful. People thought Yao Ming would be a phenomenon and we see how that went. TMZ doesn't know squat about sports.

935 days ago
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lola_uk    

white people think they're soooo clever...

935 days ago
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jwoolman    

I don't think he's adopted. He just has American guardians for the time being. He was scouted in Senegal by a college coach who is a Senegalese native. Several Senegalese kids were enrolled in a very small prep school in California that often has foreign students because they offer F-1 visas. By small I mean the basketball team must be about 20% of the entire student body... He will be eligible to play college basketball in a couple of years.
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The real lucky break for him was that someone on the school staff suspected he had giantism syndrome and got an MRI run on him, revealing a pituitary tumor explaining the uncontrolled growth. It would have eventually blinded him. Donations paid for the surgeries to remove the tumor and that's when a local couple assumed guardianship. I think it had more to do with ensuring his visa status, considering the situation, than dreams of NBA riches for the guardians. He'll need medical monitoring at the very least.
The real lucky break is that

933 days ago
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Lebron James    

Dirty South Yao Ming was successful, he made it to the NBA... what have u done?

916 days ago

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