On Wednesday afternoon, college basketball’s top prospects took the court in front of NBA scouts at the combine.
In addition to showing off their skills on the court, the prospects were all measured before their foray into the NBA.
One former college basketball star everyone was waiting to see get measured was UCF’s Tacko Fall. The star forward is one of the tallest players in recent college basketball history.
NBA draft analyst Jonathan Givony revealed Fall “just broke every figure in our database for height, wingspan and reach, dating back to the 1980’s.”
So, just how tall is he?
Without shoes, Fall comes in at 7-foot-5 1/4 and weighed in at 289 pounds – making him the heaviest prospect coming into the NBA this year. He supplanted Zion Williamson as the heaviest prospect in the draft, though Williamson skipped the measurement portion of the combine.
UCF's Tacko Fall official measurements at the NBA Combine: 7'5 1/4 without shoes, 7'7 with shoes, 289 pounds, 8'2 1/4 wingspan, 10'2 1/2 standing reach, 6.8% body fat. Tacko just broke every figure in our database for height, wingspan and reach, dating back to the 80s. 😳😲 pic.twitter.com/xNNwRuKZcK
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 15, 2019
With shoes on, Fall measured over 7-foot-7 and would immediately become the tallest player in the NBA if he lands on a roster. Boban Marjanovic and Kristaps Porzingis are the current tallest players in the league at 7-foot-3.
When Fall stands under the rim, he can reach up and wrap his fingers around it.
We’ll have to wait and see if he makes an NBA roster.