7-foot-7 Tacko Fall speaks on being tallest player in NBA Draft Combine
Measuring at 7-foot-7 on the NBA Draft combine (with shoes), NBA hopeful Tacko Fall is easily the tallest in the 2019 NBA Draft class. Even if you go as far back as the start of the NBA, anything above 7-foot-6 is a rare height for a player with Gheorghe Muresan, Manute Bol, Yao Ming, and Shawn Bradley, the notable few who were able to make it to the league and string together several seasons.
Mark Carman of Chicago’s WGN Radio got the chance to talk to the 23-year-old Senegalese who asked what it’s like being exceptionally tall.
There is “nothing” bad about being one of the tallest people on planet earth. There is nothing not to like about @tackofall99 #NBACombine Hope he finds his way to a spot in the league. Great attitude. Extremely likeable. @UCF_MBB pic.twitter.com/th2aO9sMZV
— Mark Carman (@thecarm) May 17, 2019
In response to the advantages, Fall couldn’t single out a particular one.
“One of the best things? Everything. I’m comfortable with my skin. God gave this to me for a reason and I’m enjoying it.” he said.
Carman also noticed that Fall has a happy disposition that doesn’t seem to waver regardless of his play and whether the team was up or down.
“Oh yeah, always. That’s my character. I like to be consistent. No matter what’s happening I always keep a smile on my face, always being positive.”
The second closest in height in the NBA Draft is the 7-foot-2 Bol Bol who is projected to be a lottery or (at worst) middle of the first-round pick. Fall isn’t listed on most mocks even as a second rounder but his attendance in the combine is part of his attempt to boost his stock. He already has the longest wingspan and standing reach by any player recorded in the combine’s history which would make him a potentially disruptive rim protector although it’s unclear how he stacks up as a pick and roll defender or in switches.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 20.