After a one year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament, the VCU Rams are back in March Madness. Getting back in style, they did so by getting the No. 8 seed in the East Region of the bracket.
Their opponent drawing first blood is the No. 9 seed UCF Knights from their American Athletic Conference. A team that for a majority of the 2019 season was considered to be on the bubble, hopped on the good side after a stellar run to end the season.
Intriguing as UCF is as a school and a basketball program, they have one of the most fascinating players on their roster.
Center Tacko Fall stands at 7-foot 6-inches, the tallest basketball player currently in college basketball. He is from Senegal and been a staple of college basketball all four years with the Knights. Here are five things you need to know about the incredible marvel.
1. He unsurprisingly rewrote the UCF record book
Just some of the records he currently holds at UCF:
-Best FG% in a season
-All-time leader in blocks
-Fourth most rebounds
2. Fall missed half of the 2017-18 season
Injuring his shoulder, Fall only played in 16 games his junior season. It was coming off testing the NBA waters the year prior and essentially prevented him from moving on to the next level. Had it not been for that injury, Fall leading UCF to their first NCAA berth since 2005 might not had happened.
3. He was a part of the tallest tip-off in college basketball history
During Fall’s freshman season the Knights faced off against UC Irvine for a nonconference contest. The Anteaters just so happened to also have a 7-6 center, also from Senegal, Mamadou N’Diaye.
It was the tallest head-to-head matchup in college basketball history and the tallest tip, according to the Washington Post.
Oh and they both whiffed on the jump
4. It took N’Diaye’s brother to convince Fall to play basketball
Before dominating the basketball court, he literally towered over everyone on the soccer field. Soccer was his first sport and picked up basketball after running into Ibrahim N’Diaye.
5. Fall did not see his mother for seven years
Fall moved to the United States from Senegal at 16 to pursue a future in basketball. That day he left would be the final time he would see his mom until his Senior Night earlier this month.
And one - He is a double major in business and psychology
Not only did he get his scholarship's worth at Central Florida he also is looking to do more than just basketball.
“If I could be LeBron James or Steve Jobs, I would be Steve Jobs because your athleticism will fade one day, but your knowledge will last forever,” via News.com.au
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