There's more to UCF's Tacko Fall than his 7-foot-6 frame

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January 18, 2017, 9:31 AM

&#151; -- ORLANDO, Fla. -- At 7-foot-6, it used to be hard to focus on Tacko Fall the basketball player.

There was a viral Vine of a much shorter player trying to guard him in high school. There were the thick-rimmed goggles he wore on the court.

Up until this season, Fall's fame in the basketball world came mostly from being tall. His biggest headline as a freshman came from his matchup with UC Irvine's 7-foot-6 big man,? Mamadou Ndiaye. Fall was constantly asked to take photos with people gawking at his size.

"I used to have a lot of doubts," Fall said. "Are all these people just talking about me because I'm tall?"

Not anymore.

Fall is one of the most efficient and productive players in college basketball this season, ranking second nationally in field goal percentage at 79.4 percent. He's averaging 13.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, and UCF has won seven of its last eight games. Fall went for 26 points and 12 rebounds against Mississippi State earlier this season and had 20 points and 13 rebounds on 10-for-10 shooting against Villanova.

"He was known for height more than basketball; now he's known for basketball," said Mandy Wettstein, his host mother.

"He's at the tip of the iceberg from what he can become," UCF coach Johnny Dawkins added.

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