03/28/2012 10:40 am ET Updated Mar 29, 2012

Tiny Sturgess No Jump Dunk: 7'8" Harlem Globetrotters Player Throws Down Unusual Slam (VIDEO)

If necessity is truly the mother of invention then of course this is how someone standing 7 feet and 8 inches tall would dunk a basketball. Whereas Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Blake Griffin and every other memorable slam dunk artist in hoops history has needed to defy gravity to throw it down, Paul "Tiny" Sturgess of the Harlem Globetrotters merely has to lift his arms above his head and take the slightest hop as he approaches the basket. The ensuing "no jump dunk" may lack the artistry of more acrobatic assaults at the rim, but certainly the economy of motion must be appreciated.


Recognized by Guiness World Records in November 2011 as the world's tallest professional basketball player, Sturgess was drafted by the Globies in June 2011. A native of Loughborough, England, Sturgess had a brief collegiate playing career at Mountain State University -- he transfered there from a junior college ahead of the 2009-2010 season.

According to the Globetrotters' website, the basketball playing Briton grew an entire foot between the ages of 16 and 17. His father is reportedly 6'8" but his mother is a pedestrian 5'5".

Among the other players selected by the Globetrotters in their June 2011 draft was soccer star Lionel Messi. Standing at 5'7", the Barcelona icon would likely need a bit of a boost from "Tiny" if he ever wanted to throw it down.