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 1⁄4 inches without)
- His weight (288) is actually comparable to Yao Ming when he was drafted #1 overall by Houston
- His 8 foot, 2 1⁄4 inch wingspan is actually almost a foot greater than Yao’s:
Tacko Fall is a force of nature pic.twitter.com/JgHsotKcwI— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 17, 2019
- His standing reach is 10 feet, 2 1⁄2 inches - higher than the freakin’ basket.
- His hands are 10 1⁄2 inches wide by 10 1⁄2 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.