TORONTO — A grinning Denver Nuggets safety Jamal Murray posed because that a selfie at last weekend’s local finals for the Jr. NBA world championship in St. Catharines, Ont., with a 12-year-old boy.

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Murray asked for the selfie, no the other way around.


Why? because standing a sky-high six-foot-10, Olivier Rioux towers end the Canadian NBA player by seven inches.

The pre-teen native Anjou, a borough in eastern Montreal, became an unsuspecting net star over the weekend as soon as a video of a video game he’d played versus fellow 12-year-olds in Spain walk viral. Play on eight-foot nets versus players the looked choose toddlers by comparison, Rioux completely dominated.


Rioux stood choose a maypole in the center of the pre-game huddle, his team members dancing roughly him. The swatted away shots v ease. That dunked there is no leaving his feet. He score backwards end his head.

The video has end 700,000 views, and also caught the eye that a couple of NBA stars.

Steph Curry tweeted: "So many questions….."

Joel Embiid took pleasure in Rioux talking at his opponents, tweeting: "He has actually the nerves, the audacity to talk (trash) also lmao"

Rioux’s dad Jean-Francois is fast to allude out the video is an anomaly. Olivier generally plays under-14 basketball because that the Tornades de Longueuil, an AAA regimen in Longueuil, Que., and also plays all season on 10-foot rims

"Everybody thinks he plays through low nets, with very small people all year long, and that’s no the case," Jean-Francois said.


Rioux was invite by a French team, the Frenchy Phenoms, come play an global under-12 competition in La Roda, Spain, which is where the viral video clip was shot.


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Rioux, who’s simply two inches shy the the Toronto Raptors’ tallest football player — Jonas Valanciunas, Jakob Poeltl and also Lucas Nogueira room all seven feet — has been playing basketball since he was five, his dad said. Jean-Francois, who was a volleyball player, knew also as a toddler that Olivier would be tall. He’s grown at the price of around 10 centimetres a year, and doctors have actually told the household he hasn’t stopped.

Jean-Francois is 6-8, while Rioux’s mommy Anne Gariepy is 6-1. Rioux’s older brother Emile, that is 15 and six foot nine, also plays basketball.

Shaquille O’Neal, through comparison, to be 5-10 in ~ Rioux’s age, but would grow nearly a foot time the turned 16.

In Ohio, 16-year-old Robert Bobroczky stands seven foot seven, which is three inches taller than the NBA’s two tallest players this past season: Detroit centre Boban Marjanovic, and brand-new York’s Kristaps Porzingis. Bobroczky is a Romanian whose parents sent out him abroad to to visit school and also play basketball.

The average height of a 12-year-old young is four-foot-10, and Jean-Francois laughed around what that takes to keep his stretch Armstrong son fed: "Normal breakfast would certainly be two big cereal bowls, 2 toasts, yogurt, bananas."

Rioux, that is a Cleveland Cavaliers fan and whose favourite player is LeBron James, doesn’t mental the fist he’s got over the last few days.

"He finds it really different than before," his dad said, interrupting his son’s French. "But he’s happy about it."


Jean-Francois, meanwhile, has been fielding countless requests from civilization looking come get involved with his son.

"A lot. It’s choose I’m refusing a the majority of invitations top top Facebook, and also things choose that. Yeah yeah yeah. It’s like conveniently 50 (people)," the said. "Coaches, agents, brand agents, all the points that world would choose Olivier to be involved, scholarships. I need to be mindful of that I speak with, and also how ns do. That’s what I’m learning."

After leading Chenier elementary school to many titles, Rioux will attend Saint-Jean-Vianney high school, which his dad said has a strong basketball program, in the fall.

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The malfunction 416, in the boy’s under-14 division, and also the Welland warrior in the girl U14 division, standard from last weekend’s local tournament because that the civilization championships in Orlando.