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Sophomore center Tacko Fall is aiming high with his next goal. The 7-foot-6 University of Central Florida player declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on Wednesday, according to a school press release. Per UCF Athletics Communications, Fall will also follow guidelines to retain his NCAA eligibility.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Tacko,” first-year UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said, per the release. “He will be able to learn more about himself and his game during this process, and we will be there to help him along the way.”
After posting averages of 7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in his freshman year, Fall notched career-highs in all three categories in his sophomore season. In UCF’s 24-win season under Dawkins, Fall posted 10.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game en route to becoming the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. His 94 blocks were also the sixth most in the nation and was a single-season UCF record.
“This season has been, by far, the best I ever had,” Fall said, per UCF Athletics Communications. “I had so much fun competing with my brothers every single day and representing the best university in the country. What we accomplished this year was special, and I am thankful to God for allowing me to be a part of it.
“That being said, after having talked it over with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter the NBA draft. However, I will hold off on signing an agent, keeping the option to remain in school. Thank you all for your continued support.”
Per NCAA guidelines, Fall has until May 24 to withdraw his name from consideration for the draft. He has requested feedback on his draft status from the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee.
The draft will be held on June 22.