WKU’s Jamarion Sharp is the tallest player in DI basketball at 7’5 height

Jamarion Sharp’s father is 1.80 meters and his mother is 1.80 meters.

The way he looks at it: “I had no choice but to be 1.70”, he says with a laugh.

The Western Kentucky center easily grabs everyone’s attention with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, 237 pounds with a 7-foot-7 wingspan and a size 18 shoe, but the son of Mario Sharp and Shiby Watkins has an even bigger personality and heart for people.

“God blessed me for putting Jamarion in my life and that of my family,” said Tim Haworth, former Hopkinsville coach and current Jamarion male coach. “Outside of basketball he hangs out with my kids, my wife and I am so proud of what he has accomplished. I couldn’t ask for a better boy on and off the field.”

Western Kentucky University basketball center and Hopkinsville native, Jamarion Sharp, stands 7'5 and is currently the tallest person in the NCAA.  Oct 28  2021

The Hopkinsville native was an all-district and Kentucky All-Star for Haworth. He played in the KHSAA Sweet 16 state tournament his sophomore year.

It was in high school where his body really started to grow. By the time he entered high school, he was already six feet, but by the end of his four-year school years, he would eventually jump over six feet.

WKU coach Rick Stansbury recruited another kid one night and the other team played Hopkinsville. Then Sharp first caught the attention of the coach.

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