The average height of an NBA player is 6’7. At 8’2, the tallest living man in the world is Turkish farmer Sultan Kosen. But now, 19-year-old Broc Brown of Michigan is expected to surpass him.
Broc stands at 7 feet 8 inches tall and grows about six inches every year. He previously held a Guinness World Record title for an 18-and-under category but it no longer stands due to his age.
When Broc was in kindergarten, he was a little over 5 feet tall. In middle school, he was about 6 feet tall and then in high school, he reached 7 feet, his mother said in a video interview with The Telegraph.
The reason why this young man is so tall is because he is living with a genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome, or cerebral gigantism. This disorder affects about 1 in every 5,000 births. People living with it will experience distinctive facial changes and overgrowth. Broc has also been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), and IED (intermediate explosive disorder), all of which is not uncommon for people with Sotos Syndrome.
Despite his challenges, Broc is determined to have his own job in the future. He receives plenty of support from his family and local community.