July 19, 2024

7’9″ Olivier Rioux Sets World Record as Tallest Teenager; Committed to Florida CBB | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Travis Branham, 247Sports

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Guinness World Record holder for tallest teenager, Olivier Rioux was 6’1″ at eight-years-old 😱 pic.twitter.com/dh5WBGzFJv

Rioux, who is from Montreal, placed high school ball at IMG Academy in Florida before committing to the Gators.

Per Florida’s official men’s basketball website, Rioux was 6’1″ at eight years old, 6’11” in the sixth grade and passed seven feet prior to the seventh grade.

At the age of 16, Rioux was just over 7’5″ and already in the Guinness World Record book as the tallest teenager.

The Rioux family is quite tall, with his father standing at 6’8″, his mother at 6’2″ and his older brother at 6’9″.

Rioux has apparently kept growing, however. He was 7’7″ not too long ago, but the roster update confirms an even greater height.

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Meet the next College Basketball GIANT: Olivier Rioux.
The 7’7″ behemoth is a 4🌟 from IMG Academy committed to Florida for next season.
Zach Edey is passing the torch. pic.twitter.com/rmC16AvGSR

247Sports lists him as a 3-star prospect. Travis Branham, 247Sports basketball analyst, gave this scouting report last November, when Rioux was 7’6″.

“Olivier Rioux is a 7’6″ center that takes up immense space on the floor but isn’t the most fleet of foot. In short minutes, Rioux can come into a game to clog the paint, shield opponents away from the rim and be a serviceable rebounder.He does have pretty good hands and touch on the offensive side of the ball but will need to continue developing his coordination especially in quick reaction circumstances.”

Now Rioux will play Division I ball for Florida, which won 24 games and reached the SEC tournament final before falling to Colorado 103-100 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.