NBA objective for a Quebec giant

NBA goal for a Quebec giant


Young Quebec basketball player Olivier Rioux, who is also the tallest teenager in the world, has been arousing considerable international interest since the publication of a photo on social networks.

Having gone viral, the image was taken up by several international media such as New York Post or Marca (Spain), one of the largest sports media in Europe. 

Features Chuck Swirsky, Canadian-American commentator for the NBA, pose next to Olivier Rioux, a Quebec basketball player aged only 16. Between the two, the difference in height is however glaring.

“I do not have the words, you will hear a lot about Olivier Rioux, who is 7 feet and six inches tall”, wrote Chuck Swirsky in his tweet.

With his 2.28 meters, the young man from Anjou was even elected last year “the tallest teenager in the world” in the Guinness Book of Records.

“If he played in the NBA, he would already be the greatest player in the league, explains his father Jean-François Rioux. It's genetics, he comes from a family of grown-ups, I'm tall, his brother is, and so is my wife!”

Asked by Le Journal,the teenager did not seem surprised that the photo had gone around the internet.

“I'm used to making a buzz with my height, people have been talking about it since I was 12. talk about it!”, he jokes.

A video posted in 2019, where we saw the young man chaining “dunks” without even taking off from the ground, had already made Stephen Curry react , NBA star.

“Unique” player

For Michael Meeks, assistant coach of Team Canada, who has been following the teenager since he was 9 years old, “it would however be a shame to reduce Olivier Rioux only to his size.”

“He is a unique player in our sport, he has exceptional qualities, analyzes the former professional player. He has a very good vision of the game as well as an excellent passing quality. I am very excited to see the continuation of his career, because he is still far from having reached his maximum potential.”

Even his bell at Joey Mckitterick,director of Brookwood Elite, a basketball program for young Quebec talents, where Luguentz Dort and Bennedict Mathurin have been.

“I have been supervising Olivier since he was 12, but this summer I have seen incredible progress , he explains. He is working really, really hard to give himself the means to go [to] the professional.”

The NBA in the line of fire

The NBA, this is the objective that the young Angevin has set himself in the long term.

“I would first like to join the university circuit and the NCAA, says Olivier Rioux. I have already received an offer to join a university, but I still have time to think about all that.”

For now, the player is starting his second year at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida, preparatory school for champions having welcomed on its benches students like Tiger Woods or Serena Williams.

“The distance with my family is sometimes difficult, recognizes the young player. But I am ready to make the sacrifices and the necessary efforts to achieve my dream and play in the NBA.