CHICAGO (AP) — Tacko Fall will be the biggest player at the NBA’s draft combine.
He’s also among the biggest underdogs.
The 7-foot-6 center from UCF already has the first win of his pro career. He’s among 11 players who were picked from the G League Elite Camp held earlier this week for a spot in the combine that officially starts Thursday. That bumps the list of combine invites to 77 — not all will be there, with presumed No. 1 pick Zion Williamson already having left Chicago after attending Tuesday’s draft lottery and meeting with teams.
Fall, predictably, was thrilled to get the call.
“It means a lot,” Fall said.
Sure does — it means any realistic hopes he has of being drafted are still alive.
Fall knows the math: 77 players invited to the combine, another 29 draft-eligibles having been to the G League event, plus international players eligible to be selected for only 60 draft spots. As such, plenty of guys will see their hopes of playing in the NBA next season dashed in the next few weeks.
How he fares at the combine may go a long way toward deciding if he’s one of them.
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