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UCF standout Tacko Fall would love to stay in Orlando

Tacko Fall

Former UCF big man Tacko Fall has no idea where he’ll be taken in this year’s draft, but it sounds like he wouldn’t mind playing for the Magic.

On Monday, Fall was asked what it would feel like to play for the Magic. He smiled:

“I can’t express how happy I would be,” Fall told The Athletic.

Fall is one of the tallest centers to become available in quite a long time. In fact, the 23-year-old native of Senegal is one of the tallest human beings on Earth. At 7-foot-7, he barely needs to jump for a dunk attempt. For a bit of perspective, he wears a size 22 shoe and his wingspan stretches over 8 feet.

Fall earned American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore at UCF. As a senior, he led the Knights to their first victory in the NCAA Tournament with a win over VCU. Ultimately, though, UCF was defeated by Duke in an instant classic.

In 33 appearances with UCF last season, Fall turned in averages of 11.1 points on 74.8 percent shooting from the field, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 24.9 minutes per outing.

Though he’s a gifted athlete, Fall is also a scholar. He kept a 4.0 grade point average in high school — all while taking advanced math and science courses. He also learned the English language in just eight months.

It’s not clear if Fall will be available for the Magic, who have the 16th overall pick in the upcoming draft. It’s also not clear if the Magic are interested in his services, as they already have a pair of talented bigs in Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba, though Vucevic could leave in free agency.

The Magic finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 42-40 overall record. However, they were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, 4-1.