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Tacko Fall Really Helped Himself at the NBA Draft Combine

Fall’s measurables and workouts exceeded scouts’ expectations

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Tacko Fall’s measurables came out much better than anyone anticipated at the NBA Draft Combine.
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Former UCF Knights center Tacko Fall is turning heads in NBA Draft circles, and he

The tallest player in UCF history worked himself into an invite to the NBA Draft Combine after performing solidly at the G-League Camp, and now NBA teams are taking notice:

Among the teams that are publicly expressing interest: The New York Knicks.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks booked Tacko for a private workout Monday:

A few things we found out about Tacko at the Combine that we didn’t know before:

  • He measures a full 7 feet, 7 inches with shoes on (7 feet, 5 14 inches without)
  • His weight (288) is actually comparable to Yao Ming when he was drafted #1 overall by Houston
  • His 8 foot, 2 14 inch wingspan is actually almost a foot greater than Yao’s:
  • His standing reach is 10 feet, 2 12 inches - higher than the freakin’ basket.
  • His hands are 10 12 inches wide by 10 12 inches long.
  • How about the highest vertical reach recorded at the combine - 12 feet, 5 inches:

This combined with his performance in the NCAA Tournament, where he went toe-to-toe with expected #1 overall pick Zion Williamson, are making scouts take a second look.

Tacko is even hitting his free throws. No, seriously, check out his form:

A 7-7 center in the modern NBA is still going to have a hard time fitting in, but at the very least, Tacko is getting serious consideration. That in itself should be looked at as an achievement.

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