NBA Center Tacko Fall Is Headed To China

7-foot-6 NBA center Tacko Fall is leaving North America and set to continue his professional basketball career in China.

NBA insider Shams Charania reports that Fall signed a one-year contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Fall never quite got a foothold in the NBA, spending parts of three seasons with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. However he never quite got a foothold in the league. In 37 games, Fall averaged 2.1 rebounds per game and just over one point.

The big man out of Senegal also played for the Utah Jazz in the NBA Summer League.

Fall first gained a lot of attention—he’s tough to miss at 7-and-a-half feet tall—when was playing at the University of Central Florida. There he used his height to embarrass every opposing center during the opening tip-off.

Fall was part of the Knights team that made the 2019 NCAA Tournament. That year, UCF nearly pulled off a massive second-round upset against Duke in a 77-76 game that came down to the wire.

Xinjiang is an autonomous region in northwest China that borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The 20-team CBA starts its season in October.

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Written by Matt Reigle

Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.

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