The basketball world has always taken notice of the true larger than life personalities that have patrolled the hardwood like the 7’6 Yao Ming, 7’6 Manute Bol, as well as former #2 overall NBA Draft pick 7’6 Shawn Bradley.
Size is something that cannot be taught and is marveled at by most of us of average size. A 7 foot plus player on the rise over the past year has been elite HS center Tacko Falls, who despite standing a legit 7’6, actually has a game to match his enormous size as he earned a scholarship to the University of Central Florida this season.
Tacko Falls made national headlines earlier this season when he notched a triple-double(27 pts, 13 rebounds, 10 blocks) on opening night of his senior season as well as 44 points and 17 boards in a HS Tournament game where he tied Shawn Bradley’s record for rebounds.
Falls was initially ruled ineligible by the NCAA but cleared any and all hurdles just prior to the UCF Knights’ home opener against Davidson where he put up just 4 points, 3 boards, and 2 blocks in a 14 minute NCAA debut.
But what everyone was waiting for was Tacko Fall’s 2nd game where he would have to match-up with fellow 7’6 center Mamadou Ndiaye in what was being dubbed as the “Tallest Game In NCAA History.”
Both players are used to literally towering over the competition but it was a true photo opportunity to begin the game with two players 7’6, jumping the opening tip.
Unfortunately the game pitting two true giants never really materialized as both players whiffed on the opening tip jump ball, as Falls finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while the junior Ndiaye, who burst onto the scene against Louisville in last year’s Big Dance, managed just 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
Both players are worth keeping an eye on going forward as both could one day be destined for the NBA…………….
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.