The New York Knicks will reportedly host former UCF center Tacko Fall for a private workout at the team’s training center in Tarrytown, New York.
However, the 7’7″ big man will have to reschedule the workout as he experienced some unexpected issues en route to the facility.
There hasn’t been much buzz surrounding Fall in the past few weeks, but his insane measurements and eye-popping performance at the NBA Combine put him on the radar of several teams, including the Knicks. New York currently holds the No. 55 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in addition to their No. 3 selection, and plan to look into the former AAC Defensive Player of the Year as a potential option in the second round.
His wingspan and standing reach set records at the combine, and he would become the third 7’7″ player in NBA history if and when he makes it to the league. He also has Shaq-sized feet, wearing a size 22 shoe.
Fall often feels his enormous size makes others wary of his ability to get up and down the court, but he set the record straight in this quote:
“With my size, the biggest thing they’re always looking for is can he move, run the floor, step out and guard?” Fall said. “I feel I have the ability to do those things. I had the ability to play with great competition, and it was a blessing. Thank God I’m in this position, and I have to take advantage of it. I think I’m doing good and holding my own and not doing anything out of character.”
Tacko was quite effective in his final year at UCF. He averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game during his senior season, including a 15-point, six-rebound, three-block performance against Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also shot a mind-blowing 75.4 percent from the field which led all D-1 players. As a result, Fall was named Third Team All-AAC.
Fall only averaged 22.7 minutes per game throughout his college career so while no one expects him to be a starter, he could provide value in a small role off the bench for the Knicks.
This seems like the definition of a low-risk, high-reward pick.