As easily the NCAA tournament’s tallest player at 7-foot-6, Tacko Fall might be the only player in basketball that can go viral from his knees.
During a seemingly innocuous break in the action during UCF’s first-round game against VCU on Friday, Fall found himself standing up on his knees. Next to him was VCU guard Marcus Evans, who is 6-foot-2. Incredibly, Fall — who, again, was on his knees — looked as tall as Evans.
In a postseason full of Tacko Fall fun facts, the UCF center being taller than actual, full-sized Division-I basketball player from his knees would top them all. However, the heights in that image might not be entirely what they appear.
Is Tacko Fall really that tall from his knees?
Of course, there could be some forced perspective going on in that visual. Evans is very clearly leaning toward the camera, while Fall seems a little more upright. That could easily cause a few inches to be warped. To do some quick math, Fall is 90 inches tall standing, while Evans is 74 inches himself, making Evans 80 percent of Fall’s height.
Odds are that more than 20 percent of Fall’s height comes from his knees down — this study found the average proportion to be 30.5 percent — so Fall’s height in the picture above is probably benefiting from some tricks of the camera.
There is also this photo from Getty Images, which appears to show a similar moment with Fall kneeling next to Evans. Clearly, Evans appears taller.
Tacko Fall is two kids in a trench coat, but in a basketball jersey
Even if the kneeling picture is an optical illusion, there is no denying that Fall is monstrously, hilariously enormous. CBS’ Tracy Wolfson, who is 5-foot-2 served as evidence of that on Thursday.
Fall continued to show that all game, not just from his knees, as he looked like a man among fourth-graders against VCU. Fall finished with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 18 rebounds, more than the rest of the UCF starters combined, and five blocks, more than every other player in the game combined.
Next up for UCF will be No. 1 overall seed Duke in the second round, where Fall will face off against Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett in what should make for must-see television.
UCF's Tacko Fall
UCF's Tacko Fall
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights reacts against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 22: Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights dunks the ball against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights is fouled by Mike'L Simms #1 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Central Florida's Tacko Fall pulls down the rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Temple, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. Temple won 67-62. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) is fouled by VCU guard Mike'L Simms, right, during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. Central Florida won 73-58. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) dunks over, from left to right, Houston forward Brison Gresham (55), forward Breaon Brady and guard Armoni Brooks (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall, second from right, stands above his teammates during the playing of the national anthem before an NCAA basketball game against Connecticut Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) defendsa as Houston guard Corey Davis Jr. (5) passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Fall, at 7-foot-6 the tallest player in the game, at last gets to appear on the game's biggest stage when UCF opens the NCAA Tournament on the college basketball's biggest stage. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) walks back to the bench for a break during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Connecticut Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)