When 12-year-old Canadian Oliver Rioux steps onto the basketball court, he’s a force to be reckoned with. And it doesn’t take long to see why. Rioux is 6-foot-10 (yes, at age 12) and towers over his competition, all of whom are about a foot-and-a-half shorter. Plus, his age group plays on an 8-foot hoop. Suffice it to say that the internet is rightly fascinated with a new highlight reel of Rioux literally destroying everybody on the court.
“Seriously, what are you supposed to do when you’re facing Rioux, and he’s a solid three feet taller than you are? That’s a rhetorical question,” said SB Nation writer James Dator. “Because the only answer is to abandon all hope, give up, and wait for the sweet release of death.”
Honestly, Dator isn’t wrong at all. The other kids are literally helpless against the gangly Rioux, who plays for a team called the Frenchy Phenoms. That said, the 12-year-old is a good sport about the whole thing. The kid essentially just drops the ball in the net (it’s not like anyone can stop him) but every time he dunks it, he’s sure to give a little two-inch hop. You know, just so the other kids don’t feel too bad. He even grabs his own offensive rebound off of a three-point shot! Your average kid would have to sprint to the bucket to pull that off, but Rioux simply takes two steps and the ball is already in his hands.
It’s more than a little demoralizing to watch, assuming you’re scouting him for an upcoming game. Just bucket after bucket, dunk after dunk, block after block. But, it can’t go on like that for too much longer. He’ll be in high school soon and not only will the rim be a proper 10 feet, but the other players won’t be such easy pickings.