Tacko Fall

Height: 7-6
Weight: 300
College: Central Florida
Classification: Senior
Birthdate: 12/10/1995

2019 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 54
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Powerful finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on the move
Adequate low post scorer
Has very good hands
Gifted rebounder
Fairly good defensive player
Gifted shot blocker
Quite mobile for a player his size
Excellent size and strength to play center

 

​Cons:

Bad free throw shooter
Needs to tweak his shooting mechanics
Must expand upon his shooting range
May need to expand upon his low post moves
May need to improve his playmaking skills
Can struggle to defend quicker players
Needs to improve his conditioning
Has missed considerable time due to a shoulder injury​

 
Summary:

Tacko Fall is a very tall center prospect that possesses an intriguing set of skills.  He had a productive sophomore season, which has certainly helped his draft stock.​

He possesses fairly good scoring skills.  Fall excels at finishing plays around the basket, as he has great size, hands, and instincts to do so.  He catches many passes that are thrown his way, and he also is an active finisher that can get many buckets at the rim.​

Plus, he also is an adequate low post scorer.  He uses his strong hands to his advantage, as he rarely drops balls, and he often can score when he gets deep position in the paint.  But sometimes, he may not always seal his man to get positioning, and does not seem to use a wide array of moves on the block.

​Fall is a very good rebounder and shot blocker.  He has terrific length, strength, and hands, and he is also quite mobile for a player his size.  He is deceptively quick and shows good instincts to help his team out on the boards as well as on the defensive end.​

But sometimes, despite his solid physical tools, he may struggle to defend quicker players on occasion.  Fall will tend to hang back when defending pick and rolls or shooters, which can allow his opponents to knock down open shots.  He also does not have elite foot speed, as he can get beat down the floor by faster opponents.

​In general, Tacko Fall could be a sleeper prospect that could be a rim protector in the NBA.  If he can continue to refine his offensive skills, and show that he can excel when the pace of the game really picks up, Fall could end up being a solid role player in this league.​

 

Links:

DraftExpress Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

RealGM Profile

2018 ESPN Draft Profile

ESPN’s Article on Fall Being Out Due to a Shoulder Injury