Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tacko Fall NBA Draft Scouting Report

7-6 - C - UCF

A giant who has shown steady improvement as a basketball player and is becoming a force at the college level.

Pros
Fall is perhaps the biggest basketball player in the world and he uses his size well on the court. His presence in the lane is unmistakable, as he towers over opposing players and can play with his hands up at the rim, without jumping.

On defense he alters a ton of shots and forces the offense out of the lane. He does a good job of going vertical and using his length, without fouling. He knows his role as a defender, rim protector and rebounder.

Gets a lot of put-backs and easy buckets in the lane, leading to an outstanding field goal percentage in the high 70's. While he lacks post moves, he does show decent hands and some promise to develop his back to the basket game.

Cons
There are questions about how his game will translate to the NBA. Can he keep up with the pace of play? Does he have enough speed to guard opposing centers?

His offensive game is very raw and unpolished and he disappears too often on the offensive end (having had multiple games with zero points). He can score from within 3 feet but outside the lane is a different story.

He's a very poor free throw shooter, shooting below 50% from the charity stripe.

Comparisons
A bigger Roy Hibbert.

Projection: late first to second round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NBA Draft