Dennis Smith Jr Impressed The Lakers With A WHAT Vertical?
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We have been following Dennis Smith Jr since his high school days so I didn’t think anybody could tell me anything about the the future NBA lottery pick that would surprise me. Then I read a story in the Orange County Register about the 6’2 Smith impressing the Lakers during a pre-draft workout.
Smith Jr. impressed the Lakers with his workout after leading the Wolfpack with 18.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and 6.2 assists during his freshman season. He had a 48-inch vertical. He also believed he could have helped the Lakers in one specific category.
Did they just say 48-inch vertical like it was no big deal. Are they aware Michael Jordan’s reported vert coming out of college was 45.76″? 48 would put him two inches above DJ Stephens and I’ve seen Stephens make out with a rim.
48 puts him two inches above what 2 x dunk champ Zach LaVine did at his Lakers workout (video).
What makes Smith’s vertical even more amazing is when you realize the man tore his ACL two years ago. And here’s an amazing story about Smith’s ACL recovery.
It had been barely two months since Smith had surgery on the ACL in his right knee, but he found the allure of the rim too tempting. Still half a year from being fully cleared by his doctor, Smith wanted to see whether he still had it.
He was among friends, so Smith walked up to the basket and with two hands dunked the basketball, recovering knee and all.
“People were making weird faces like it’s not supposed to happen,” Smith said. “Then I went to a tomahawk, and from that I went to a windmill. After that, I was like, ‘I’m good now.’”
I’m good now? GTFOH!
I have no clue what team is going to end up with Smith but I know once fans of that team get to see him and his 48-inch vertical in action, they will also be saying, “I’m good now.”
And here’s some pretty good highlights of Smith over the past few years, starting with a mix called, “Dear College Basketball: Good Luck Guarding Dennis Smith Jr”