One look at Marvadene "Bubbles" Anderson will tell you she's not a typical teenager. At 6'10'', she is presumed to be the tallest 16-year-old girl on the planet.
Bubbles, a Jamaica native who got her name because of her good humor and bubbly personality, started to notice she was different when she was 12 or 13 years old. At that time, she says she stood 6'4''. "At that age, I was feeling left out," she says. "Then, I found out that I can do stuff with my height."
At age 14, Bubbles began playing sports in Jamaica. She became a top netball player, which is Jamaica's equivalent of American basketball. Last July, Bubbles decided to move from Jamaica to America to live with family friends and learn to play basketball. When Mary Klinger, coach of New Jersey's prestigious Rutgers Prep School girl's basketball team, saw her play, she offered her a position on the team on the spot.
Now, she's the starting center for the Argonauts. She's been making up to 23 points per game, but because of a knee injury, she has to sit out the rest of this season.