Brave Williams from New York is just 17 but is already 7ft 1 and growing
Towering over his teammates at 7ft 1in tall, 17-year-old Brave Williams is hoping his height can help propel him to sporting stardom.
The 400lb senior at Lake Shore High School in Angola, New York, is already a highly-regarded member of his high school basketball and American football teams.
And the youngster is now setting his sights on winning a much-coveted college athletic scholarship.
‘When I was five years old, I was like 5ft 3in.’
'The teachers thought I was actually a second grader, so they put me in the wrong class for about an hour before they realised their mistake.’
'I had to tell them that I was just starting school.’
However, Brave very nearly didn’t make it to even his first birthday - he had to be delivered via caesarian because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.
'The doctors tried to pull me out three times before they were going to take more drastic measures. But as soon as my dad touched my mom’s forehead, I let go, and the doctors got me out,’ Brave told high school sports site MaxPreps.
'My dad instantly named me Brave because I needed a strong name.’
Specialists were concerned that he might be suffering from a form of gigantism known as Sotos syndrome, but tests done at three months and again at three years came back clear - much to the relief of his mother Angela.
She said: 'Every day he grew more and more, so that was when I got worried.
'To finally get the word that you have just got a tall kid was really relieving to say the least.’
Brave is now 7ft 1in tall - the same as Basketball Hall of Fame legend Shaquille O'Neal - but experts predict will be 7ft 5in by the time he stops growing, the same size as his great-great uncle.
Brave said: 'He made a pine tree look like a sapling. So, I think that’s where I got most of my height from.’
Born of African-American and Native American heritage, Brave lives on the Cattaraugus Reservation in the Seneca Nation of Indians.
The tall teen sleeps in a custom-made bed, although his feet still dangle off the end, and wears size 21 shoes.
While Brave’s size makes him killer on the court, it does also attract unwelcome attention in the form of stares and comments.
Mom Angela said: 'It was tough for me when my son turned five because then he had to go to school and I had to share him with the world.
'It was hard because he is sensitive and people stare, they look, they point.
'Now he’ll take the time to talk to everybody, people ask him the same questions over and over again - “How tall are you? Are you a wrestler? Are you this? Are you that?” And he just takes the time to respond, that’s his special gift.’
Brave is now determined to go on and become a pro athlete, but says he wants to go to college and complete his studies first - and would like to major in engineering.
And for 5ft 9in Angela, Brave’s stature is more than just an accident of genetics.
'I thought about my son being tall for a long time, and I think there is a reason why he’s so tall - because it gets him noticed and makes people listen to him,’ she added.
'But the rest is what matters, what really makes him special. I know he’s going to do big things.’
Ask/Request by anon: Can you write an imagine where you and Justin Foley skip class to take a drive and just talk?
Authors Note: Yes anon, I did it. Though it was shitty and cheesy but I will say that I love it. No matter what. This is dedicated to my best friend who loves Justin much and to you anon. Any form of feedbacks and REQUESTS are much appreciated.
Word Count: 1213
As you walk through the hallways pacing towards the crowd of student as you bumped Tony and Clay, luckily.
“Good morning Y/N!” Tony greeted.
“Good morning Clay, Tony.” You bounced back as you produce the sweetest smile in the word.
“Anyways,” you continued, “I think something is wrong with my car?” you said as if you’re confused. Tony nods and lets you continue, “Something about the tune when you start it up. It’s awful.”
“Hmm .. well if that’s the case you can drop your baby to my house and I’ll check it or dad will, since you know, that is his forte.” He answered.
“Thank you so much!” you hugged him and waved goodbye as you make your way to your locker.
You grabbed your book and notebook for the first period when you gasp as something or someone made a collision with the lockers. “Make it someone,” you murmurs as you tilt your head. Justin Foley.
“Hey, girlfriend.” He utter.
“Hey, boyfriend.” You replied.
“How about we go skip the class and have a road trip? With your 1967 Chevy Impala?” He suggested with a wicked grin on his face.
“As much as I loved to do it, J, I solely refuse that idea of yours, since ..” his hand found your mouth as he blocked the words you want to say and immediately grabbed your wrist and led you out of school. In a matter of minutes, you found yourself in schools’ parking lot you, Justin and your car.
“Where’s the key?” he asked.
“You really want to do it?” you questioned his judgment and sudden decisions.
“Yes,” he admitted, “no one will found out that we skip school, your parents are out of town, let me rephrase that out of the country, my mom doesn’t care about me ..”
“Don’t say that, that your mom doesn’t care about you.” you spill as you stopped his sentiments.
“Okay.” He said as he made himself comfortable at the shotgun.
“Where you want to go?” you want him to choose to where he want to wander, he got issue in his home and you want Justin to breathe for a long time and even if it means to skip school.
“Anywhere,” he said as he face you, “as long as you can drive that road, that you and me can talk for hours and escape this life for a while.” He said as his thought wander as he looked towards the window.
“Hmm .. anywhere huh?” you repeated. “I really hope they can put ‘anywhere’ in maps.” You joked to ease up his mood.
He laughed at your joke and you pulled your car away from the parking lot and started to wander.
You drive for several minutes and the silence is killing you, Justin didn’t even bother to talk a word after you left at the parking lot. He seemed thinking of something, probably about her mom and her boyfriend. Too many arguments arose in your household regarding this matter, about Justin, him as your boyfriend and his situation. Your mom and dad wanted you to break up with him because he didn’t grew up in the same household as yours, your dad loved to refer Justin as “troubled kid”, but you neglected it, you are Justin’s redemption and he was what you are looking for.
You shared several glances and smiles as you travelled the road and he spoke.
“That house looked nice.” He complemented. “Do you want to live there with me?” he asked.
You’re amused with his question, you peeked at the house he was referring to and you smiled at him, “Of course, J, soon”
“Yes, soon.” He repeated locking his gaze in your eyes and smiled. “And we will have a dog,” he added as he broke his gaze. “I want to have a Husky. Would you mind?” he asked you as his eyes meet yours again.
“No, I would love to,” you answered him, “what will be his name?” you inquired as you smile.
“Hmmm .. how about Justin?” he proposed.
“Do you want him to name after you?”
“Yes, what’s wrong?”
“You will be confused if I will call you, both. Either of you, for instance I was referring to you but Justin-dog will approach me and vice versa.” You try to explain as your eyes laid on the road.
“I missed that scenario, anyways, will find a name for him soon.” He assured you as he left out a giggle.
“We can put a mini basketball court too,” you added.
“Yes, we need to because we will be raising basketball superstars.” He added, “Because their dad is a basketball legend.” He bragged.
“You are?” you teased him.
“Yes, I am.” He said as he pinched your right cheek.
A moment of silence broke your fantasy. Your left arm in the steering wheel and the other on your lap. He grabbed it and intertwine his fingers to yours.
“I want to have you Y/N, for my entire life. Be my wife, mother of my kids. Like my constant and forever cheerleader,” he looked at you, “I just want to spend eternity with you, even if could be hard, especially with your parents,” he smirked at his comment, “I will prove to them that I am worth it for you.” As he hold you tighter.
You smiled at his plans, “Are you proposing to me? We’re just 17, J.” you laughed.
“No, I’m not, actually. I’m just sharing my plans for the future with you, babe.” He explained.
“Yeah.” As you joined his laughter
“But I will, propose to you, sooner, later of our lives.” He finished.
“You’re being way too cheesy babe, like it’s not you.” You smacked your fist in his shoulder, as he held your hand and planted a kiss in it, “You made me way too cheesy babe, and you’re the reason why I am like this.” He alleged.
Then his attention finds the cassette tapes, as he searched for music. “Classic rocks, AC/DC, Kansas. Why still in cassettes?”
“You did notice that I drive a classic car, so only classic music can fit here and cassettes.” You blurt out.
“Okay, I will no longer argue about these things with you.” He submitted as he held his hands upward.
“Your funny, J, that’s –“ you didn’t even finished your sentence when the engine turn off all by himself.
“No, baby, you gotta be kidding me.” You spoke to yourself as you try to start your car again.
“What’s the matter?” Justin said as he looked at you.
“This is the reason, why I don’t want to have a road trip and attend the class today, J. Something was wrong with my engine.” You frowned.
“Nah, it’s okay, at least we had a mini road trip, anyways we can go to Monet’s and have a coffee, or several of it. I just want to spend this day with you.”
Then he gripped his bag in his shoulders and yours in his left and his right arm found your shoulders and wrapped to it when you met outside.
“I’ll be back baby. You are safe here and I am not far from here.” You assured to your car while you and Justin walked away to Monet’s.
vader: ani banani is that slightly obnoxious (but still nice) kid that never does his homework because he’s too smart for most of his classes. is the big brother for that fiesty little freshman ahsoka.
sidious: he’s like the male version of that popular girl that is so friendly you begin to suspect she’s actually just belittling you in her mind. totally a teacher’s pet
maul: tiny metalhead kid that sits in the back of the class. everybody’s scared of him, but those that actually talk to him find out he’s very smart and has a lot to say about what they’re learning in class.
savage: the ultimate big brother of everybody in the school. he looks scary, but is really just a gentle giant. yells maul’s name when he sees him in the hall, to his brother’s great embarrassment.
asajj: aloof goth chick who is vice president of the Wicca club of the school. can be hired to spread gossip about someone you hate… she’s very good at stirring up drama while staying out of it. very much a mastermind.
dooku: president of the debate club. fucking smart rich kid that always corrects the teacher. hangs out with asajj for some reason?? anakin is always crashing the debate club meetings just to piss him off.
kylo: punk kid that is always on his phone in class, copying armitage’s homework. gets into food fights at the cafeteria. he’s a completely different person in drama club, where he can laugh at release all his pent-up emotions.
nihilus: wears black sweaters 24/7 even if it’s hot outside. he’s mute and is kinda weird (why does he wear that mask??), but he’s not mean so people don’t mind him. he’s excellent at ASL and those who are kind enough to talk to him get free lessons!
grievous: tall kid with prosthetic limbs, pretty decent to talk to. a basketball legend, and proud of it. always challenging that obi-wan dude to basketball duels, or just mocking him in general.