The UCF Knights return two key players at the center position in senior Staphon Blair and junior Justin McBride, as both will be relied on heavy this season. There is also Tacko Fall, the 7 foot 6 freshman from Senegal who has brought an even bigger, no pun intended, excitement for the upcoming season.

#52 Staphon Blair



6-9 • 255

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dillard HS

2014-2015 (Junior)

-Played in all 30 games, starting 17 times.

-Was fourth on the team in scoring with a career high 7.8 points per game, recording double figures nine times.

-Led the Knights and ranked 13th in the AAC with 5.2 rebounds per game.

-Finished with a team high .609 field goal percentage, which ranked second overall in the conference and was the fourth highest shoong percentage in a single season in UCF history.

-His team high 1.3 blocks per game also ranked eighth in the AAC.

-Recorded career highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds for his first ever double-double vs. Tulane (1/14).

-Scored a career high 14 points on 4-of-4 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line vs. Detroit (12/17).

-Blocked a career best seven shots, scored 11 points and had a career high with eight rebounds vs. USC Up-state (11/23).

#34 Justin McBride



6-10 • 325

Starke, Fla.

Bradford HS

2014-15 (Sophomore)

-Appeared in 29 games, starting 11 in his first full season with the Knights.

– Scored 6.3 points per game and grabbed 4.3 rebounds per game in 13.7 minutes per contest.

– Was second on the team and 15th in the AAC with 0.9 blocks per game.

-Finished with a .507 field goal shooting  percentage, which was second on the team.

-Shot .731 from the free throw line (38-for-52).

-Finished with three total double-doubles on the season.


#24 Tacko Fall



7-6 • 300

Dakar, Senegal

Liberty Christian (Fla.)

High School

-Played two seasons at Liberty Chrisan Prep.

-Averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks per game as a senior.

-Rated as a four star prospect and as high as 94th on ESPN’s list of Top 100 prosepcts

-Earned First Team All-SIAA honors.

-Attended National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp and was named an All-Star.

-Held a 4.0 GPA at Liberty Christian.