This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Roster turnover is a fact of life in college basketball. It would seem that programs would have plans in place to restock after players left via transfer or graduation, but that rarely happens because hoops is a sport that relies on stars. For Tier 2 conference such as the American Athletic, we tend to overrate teams that have some consistency from the previous year. Although Cincinnati, SMU and Wichita State are dealing with largely new roster, players will bubble up and perform.
That said, Central Florida has the most returning talent in the conference. The Knights are buoyed by 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall and guard B.J. Taylor with plenty of nice role players, including Aubrey Dawkins, the son of the coach. Injuries curtailed UCF's effectiveness last year. Fall and Taylor only played in one game together. In that game, the team only managed 38 points in a Jan. 16 loss to Cincinnati. If the two can manage to stay on the court together, coach Johnny Dawkins team could take the Knights dancing for the first time since 2005.
Center: Tacko Fall, UCF Knights
The giant Fall makes UCF appointment television. Unlike Manute Bol, he is not thin despite his height. He is so much taller than any opponent that he makes basketball look relatively easy. The problem has been keeping him on the court. As a junior, Fall only played 21.9 minutes in 16 games before injuring his shoulder in that loss to the Bearcats. He also fouled out twice