Elhadji Tacko Sereirin Diop is a Senegal professional basketball player, on a two year contract with the Maine Celtics in the NBA G League. He was an invitee to training camp with the Cavaliers during the summer before the NBA draft. He is originally from Paris, France. The nickname Tacko is given to him by his parents. “Tacko” means “apple,” and “Serengeti” means “adow.”
During the NBA G League season, Elhadji Tacko set his career high in assists (eight) and points (23 points) in a loss at home to the Houston Rockets. This performance earned him NBA Player of the Week honors. He is currently tied for the team lead in points (33), assists (nine) and steals (two). Tacko also earned player of the week honors after going head to head against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference quarter finals. In the series, Tacko scored a career-high 32 points, and the Jazz came from behind in the series the next three games to take a three-game series against the Heat.
During the second half of this Eastern Conference Finals series against the Heat, Tacko had four points during the first half of the game. However, in the second half he had to play the entire second half without making any points, which ended up costing the Jazz the game. Tacko is still under contract with the Sacramento Kings for the next two years, but it is expected that he will test the free agent market in the coming year, in order to sign a two-year contract with a NBA team.
During the 2021 Nike Women's Leisure World Tour, Tacko demonstrated some of his athletic ability by jumping over two-stone walls, a feat which he claims to have never done before. According to an interview with SLAM! Magazine, Tacko says that he can now dunk a basketball over two-stones, which is something that only a few people in the U.S. were able to do before. He credits his improved athletic abilities to his workout routine, which includes high intensity cardio.
During the Nike Women's ETO Tour in Paris, France, Tacko jumped over one-point ten feet, which made him the second best performer out of all the U.S. players. He is listed as a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and even though he is listed as a big man, he still can play center if needed. As far as his wingspan is concerned, it actually measures just 5 inches, which is not very impressive considering the fact that he is a very good athlete for a big man.
The one thing that everyone noticed about Tacko is that he loves to block shots, even if they are not real shots that he gets to take. This shows that he is an active and effective defensive player who can play on both ends of the floor. One attribute that he definitely has room for improvement is his ability to rebound. Tacko is a decent ball handler, but he needs to be more aggressive when trying to make passes. As a result, he needs to learn how to attack the basket more often and make better decisions in the pick and roll game.
Tacko is currently playing for the North squad in the Nike ETO Women's World Cup Team. He is listed as a starter at this time but does not look like he belongs right now. Some might say that this is due to his injury, but Tacko seems like a much more talented player than his listing position might indicate. He has a great frame that will keep him trim and will not turn into a fat sack after his career in college is over. A strong three-year career in college basketball could see Tacko become one of the best defensive players in the United States.
If Tacko is serious about becoming a professional basketball player in the United States, then he has plenty of time left in his career to turn things around. He is listed as a junior with the Division I North Illinois University football team, but a strong workout program should help him turn things around. His strong frame, improved decision making skills, and improved wingspan should help make him a valuable member of any NBA or WNBA team.