Cheshire Phoenix have signed Englishman Paul Sturgess, officially the world’s tallest player.

The 2.32 metres centre from Loughborough had a two-year spell with the Harlem Globetrotters following a fragmented collegiate stint which took in stops at Mountain State University in West Virginia and Florida Institute of Technology.

Sturgess, now 26, was drafted to NBA D-League side Springfield Armor in 2013 but was traded to the Texas Legends.

However he will now play in his homeland for the first time after opting to return from a hiatus.

“I am looking forward to joining the team,” he said. “I have been enjoying my time back at home in England and for the chance to play in the BBL whilst I am here is something I will relish. I am excited to join my new team mates and hope to fulfil whatever role is given to me.”

He is expected to make his debut on Sunday at Manchester Giants.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring in someone who can play in the middle for us and protect the basket as well as rebound and score,” said Phoenix coach John Coffino.

“Paul is a unique and special talent that only comes along once in a lifetime. The fans will take to him immediately and we look forward to his transition into our family.”

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