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24 - Tacko Fall

Central Florida 

  • Birthday: 12/10/95
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 7-6
  • Wt: 290
  • Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
  • High School: Liberty Christian Prep
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Overall

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2019

NBA Comparison: Boban Marjanovic

Strengths: His immense height is a great thing in itself ... His 8’4 wingspan allows him to alter and block shots at the rim ... He’s averaged over two blocks per game during his four years in college ... Against Zion Willamson, he demonstrated his potential to be an elite rim protector ... He’s a powerful finisher in the paint area ... He is an adequate scorer in the post ... He has very good hands ... He’s a solid rebounder, grabbing almost 8 rebounds per game during his college career ... He’s a good defensive player and he’ll improve on that as he gains experience in the NBA ... He has pretty good mobility for someone of his size ... He has great strength that will allow him to play the center position effectively ... Measured at 7’7, (7'5 barefoot) he will be tied for tallest player in NBA history with Gheorghe Muresan ... His mobility and strength showed steady progress throughout his college career ...

Weaknesses: His size will make him a target to attack on the perimeter ... In pick and rolls he will want to drop back into the paint to protect the rim, but with guards ability to shoot nowadays, he can’t do that ... He doesn’t have the lateral quickness to defend quicker guards on the perimeter ... When teams go small, he won’t be able to stay on the floor ... He is a poor free throw shooter, he shot only 43% from the line for his college career ... He is a huge liability in close games ... For his size he doesn’t dominate on the glass like he should ... There are times where he gets muscled out of rebounds by way smaller players ... He has almost no range outside of the paint area ... In the league today where everyone is expected to be a floor spacer, he needs to work on his shot ... He will probably be able to play no more then about 20 minutes a night ... There have been concerns about his conditioning ... Will turn 24 this year ...

Outlook: Tacko Falls size and imprved skillset will likely result in a team taking a chance on him ... He’s ahad workouts with a few teams ... He is projected to be a second round pick ... He probably won’t be much more than a rim protector who can get score occasionally in the post ... He will need to improve on his conditioning to handle NBA level speed, quickness and competition ...

Notes: He was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal ... He moved to the United States when he was 16 ... He has a size 22 shoe ... Fall trained with Hakeem Olajuwon at the Houston Rockets training camp ... His wingspan is a record 8’4, and he can legitimately dunk without leaving his feet from the ground ...

Zachary Smith 6/11/19

Strengths: Obvious strength is his unmatchable measurables 7’6” with an 8’2” wingspan … Smart player … Uses an array a post moves, shows clear development of different moves and a level of comfort using them in games … Strong with the ball … Keeps the ball high, rarely swings it down low into the reach of his defender… Fall learns quickly, reads pick and roll well on defense … Good positioning on offense … Has a lot of upside if he can get stronger and continue to develop his post moves …

Weaknesses:
Poor free throw shooter at 43.2% for the college career … Lacks mobility … Not a great finisher if he can’t get to the dunk … Is an older player at 23 years old … Lacks strength compared to his height… Had a shoulder injury his junior year … Not used as a screen and roll player as much in college … Could improve his rebounding (7.7 per game in his career) and relies on his height rather than positioning to collect rebounds … Not very athletic … Is not used to being guarded consistently by NBA center body types who are both tall and strong …

Outlook: Tacko Fall is a rare player. While his skills do not impress all that much, his 7’6” frame and 8’2”
wingspan should intrigue any team with a second-round draft pick. He could be a mid to late second rounder, but it is hard to say when, or if, a team will take a chance of the Senegalese center. Whether or not he gets drafted, he wouldn’t be a burden on an NBA roster solely based off his length and the defensive abilities that come with it. However, it could be a few years before he develops his game to the point where he is getting significant minutes in the NBA ...

Notes:
Graduate of UCF, majored in computer science … Born in Dakar, Senegal … Moved to US at age 16
and finished his high school career at Liberty Christian Prep in Florida … Played 4 years at UCF, but his
junior season was cut short by a shoulder injury … Averaged 10.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG and 2.4 BPG in his college
career … Was invited to the NBA combine after being invited to the NBA G League Elite Camp in May …

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