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NBA Draft Combine measurements: What to make of Tacko Fall’s incredible height and other takeaways

CHICAGO — Tacko Fall is really tall. That’s both a rhyme and a fact that needed no validation — but got some anyway here at the NBA Draft Combine. UCF’s dynamic big man measured at a whopping 7-foot-7 (with shoes on), one of only four players who measured at more than 7-feet tall.  

Fall, to no one’s surprise, was the tallest of all the players voluntarily measured. He also had the longest wingspan among players measured at 8-2.25 — well ahead of the second-longest wingspan which belongs this year to Oregon standout Bol Bol. Bol came in at 7-2.5, with a 7-7 wingspan. 

As for the measurements of the stars, those didn’t happen. Zion Williamson, the presumptive No. 1 pick, left before the measuring tape was broken out. Projected top-3 picks Ja Morant and RJ Barrett also have blanks next to their measurements. 

Here are some notable measurements and thoughts from the official list that was released by the NBA on Thursday.

1. Brandon Clarke did himself no favors

It’s no fault of Brandon Clarke, one of Gonzaga’s projected first-rounders, that he didn’t measure out well at 6-8.25 with shoes. But the bottom line is this: His best position as you project him into the NBA is likely at power forward or at center. And for a 6-8 athletic power forward with his athletic abilities, that’s attainable.

But Clarke’s wingspan — just over 6-8 — leaves something to be desired. How he led the NCAA last season in shots blocked speaks to just how good his instincts really are. Can he be as dominant a shot-blocker and rim-runner in the NBA against equally long and athletic players, though? The concern here is that his best traits in the NCAA may be stifled in the NBA.

2. Tacko Fall is insanely gifted

Yes, this has already been mentioned, but… holy cow! Tacko Fall is seriously 7-foot-7 with shoes on. Can we just think about how insane that is? As ESPN’s Jonathan Givony notes here, his measurements basically broke the system.

Can Fall be a dominant big man in the NBA despite not being a dominant big man in the NCAA? Probably not. But interest in Fall has been piqued among scouts in Chicago and what he could potentially be. Measuring out well and showing up in shape has boosted his stock. 

3. Shortest players could still get drafted

The shortest players who were measured this year are Tremont Waters (5-10.75 with shoes), Jared Harper (5-11), Carsen Edwards 6-0.25) and Shamorie Ponds (6-0.5). 

It’s possible all four wind up getting drafted.

Waters is a veteran and reliable point guard from LSU and Harper, from Auburn, fits that same billing. Harper improved his stock with a strong showing in the G League Showcase earlier this week, while Edwards and Ponds are fringe first-rounders entering the week. By week’s end, don’t be surprised if they are considered top-60 players in this draft. At the point guard position, height be damned, experience can still be a deciding factor in future success. 

Measurements from NBA Draft Combine 

Player Pos. Body
fat
Height
w/o shoes
Height
w/shoes
Weight Wingspan
Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG 5.90% 6-4.25 6-5.5 203.8 6-9.5
RJ Barrett SF
Charles Bassey C 8.50% 6-8.75 6-10 239 7-3.5
Darius Bazley PF 3.60% 6-7.75 6-9 208.4 7-0
Bol Bol C 7.10% 7-0.75 7-2.5 208 7-7
Jordan Bone SG 5.00% 6-1.5 6-2.75 179 6-3.25
Brian Bowen II SF 6.50% 6-6.25 6-7.5 200 6-10
Ky Bowman PG 4.90% 6-1 6-2.25 181.2 6-7
Ignas Brazdeikis SF 6.00% 6-5.75 6-7.25 220.8 6-9.25
Oshea Brissett SF-PF 2.90% 6-7 6-8 203.2 7-0
Moses Brown C 7.80% 7-1.25 7-2.5 237.2 7-4.75
Brandon Clarke SF 4.90% 6-7.25 6-8.25 207.2 6-8.25
Nicolas Claxton C 4.50% 6-10 6-11.75 216.6 7-2.5
Tyler Cook PF 6.10% 6-7.25 6-8.75 245.4 7-0.5
Jarrett Culver SG 5.00% 6-5.25 6-6.75 194.2 6-9.5
Terence Davis SF-PF 4.10% 6-3 6-4.5 192.4 6-8.75
Luguentz Dort PG 5.00% 6-2.75 6-4.25 222.2 6-8.5
Devon Dotson PG 5.90% 6-0 6-2 178.6 6-3.25
Carsen Edwards PG 5.50% 5-10.75 6-0.25 199.4 6-6
Tacko Fall C 6.80% 7-5.25 7-7 288.8 8-2.25
Bruno Fernando C 5.40% 6-8.75 6-10.25 237 7-3.25
Daniel Gafford PF 5.90% 6-9.25 6-10.5 237.6 7-2.25
Darius Garland PG
Quentin Grimes SG 8.40% 6-4 6-5.25 209.6 6-7.75
Kyle Guy SG 5.70% 6-0.75 6-2.25 167.8 6-4.5
Jaylen Hands PG 5.10% 6-1.5 6-3 180.4 6-5.5
Jared Harper PG 3.90% 5-9.75 5-11 169.2 6-5.5
Jaxson Hayes PF 5.00% 6-10.25 6-11.5 218.6 7-3.5
Dewan Hernandez C 6.10% 6-9 6-10.25 232.8 7-1.75
Tyler Herro SG 7.10% 6-4.5 6-6 192.4 6-3.25
Jalen Hoard PF 6.70% 6-7.25 6-9 212.6 7-0.75
Talen Horton-Tucker SG 8.40% 6-2.5 6-4 235.4 7-1.25
De’Andre Hunter
DaQuan Jefferies SF-PF 3.90% 6-4 6-5 215.6 6-11.25
Ty Jerome PG 6.50% 6-4.25 6-5.5 194.4 6-4
Cameron Johnson SG 5.80% 6-7 6-8.5 205.2 6-10
Keldon Johnson SG 5.60% 6-4.75 6-6 216.4 6-9.25
Mfiondu Kabengele PF 5.10% 6-8.75 6-10.25 256.2 7-3
Louis King SF 4.80% 6-6.75 6-8 195.2 7-0.25
Romeo Langford SG -% 6-4.5 6-6 6-11
Dedric Lawson PF 8.90% 6-7 6-8.5 233 7-2.25
Jalen Lecque PG 4.00% 6-2.5 6-4.25 185.2 6-8.5
Nassir Little SF 5.90% 6-4.5 6-6 224.2 7-1.25
Terance Mann SG-SF 4.00% 6-4.75 6-6.5 204.6 6-7.75
Cody Martin PG-SG 5.00% 6-4.75 6-5.5 192.2 6-10.25
Charles Matthews SG 3.80% 6-5 6-6.25 194.8 6-9.5
Jalen McDaniels SF 5.70% 6-8.25 6-9.75 191.6 7-0.25
Ja Morant PG
Zach Norvell Jr. SG 7.50% 6-4.5 6-5.5 206.4 6-6
Jaylen Nowell SG 6.10% 6-3.25 6-4.25 202.4 6-7.25
Jordan Nwora PF 7.80% 6-5.75 6-7.5 220 6-10.5
Chuma Okeke
KZ Okpala SF 4.60% 6-7.25 6-9.5 209.6 7-1.75
Miye Oni SG 4.90% 6-4.25 6-5.75 205.6 6-10.75
Eric Paschall SF 6.30% 6-6 6-7.25 254.4 6-11.75
Reggie Perry SF-PF 6.70% 6-8 6-9.25 250.8 7-0.5
Shamorie Ponds PG 9.80% 5-11.5 6-0.5 180 6-3.5
Jordan Poole SG 7.50% 6-3.5 6-5.5 190.8 6-6.75
Jontay Porter PF 8.50% 6-9.75 6-11 210.4 7-0
Kevin Porter Jr. SG 5.10% 6-4 6-5.5 212.6 6-9
Neemias Queta C 6.30% 6-10.75 7-0.25 225.8 7-4.25
Cameron Reddish SF 4.70% 6-6.5 6-8 207.8 7-0.5
Naz Reid PF 14.00% 6-8.75 6-9.5 255.8 7-3.25
Isaiah Roby PF 3.90% 6-7.25 6-8.5 214 7-1
Luka Samanic PF 5.60% 6-9.5 6-11 227.2 6-10.5
Admiral Schofield SF 6.80% 6-4 6-5.25 240.6 6-9.75
Marial Shayok SF-PF 4.70% 6-4.5 6-5.5 196.8 7-0.25
Simisola Shittu PF 6.20% 6-8.5 6-9.5 227.2 7-1.25
Killian Tillie
P.J. Washington PF 8.60% 6-6.5 6-8 230.4 7-2.25
Tremont Waters PG 6.60% 5-9.5 5-10.75 172.4 6-2.25
Quinndary Weatherspoon SG 6.10% 6-3 6-4.25 206.6 6-9
Coby White PG 4.30% 6-3.5 6-4.75 191.4 6-5
Kris Wilkes SF 4.90% 6-6.25 6-7.75 208.8 6-10.75
Grant Williams PF 5.40% 6-5.75 6-7.5 240.2 6-9.75
Zion Williamson PF
Dylan Windler SF 4.60% 6-6.25 6-7.5 195.8 6-10
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