Top Verts From the 2015 NBA Draft Combine | Baseball Pitcher Records 2nd Highest Combine Vert Ever!
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A year ago at this time we were talking about players like Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon and their verts at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine; LaVine recorded a 41.5″ max vert and Gordon had a 39″. The top two of the class were Markel Brown and Jahii Carson who tied each other with an impressive 43.5.
At this year’s combine, one guy topped both of them. A 6’5 white guy who is also a baseball pitcher! Notre Dame standout and Baltimore Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton recorded a shocking 44″ max vert jump which puts him the top 5 of all-time at the combine. If you were wondering who has the NBA Draft combine record, it’s D.J. Stephens who showed off his 46-inch vert at the 2013 Combine.
“I think the adjective everyone uses is ‘deceptively athletic,'” said Connaughton via MassLive. “For me, I try to disprove that day-in and day-out. The funniest things are when you’re in warmup lines, or you’re in a San Antonio Spurs workout, and they say, ‘Do a highlight reel dunk that you want to do.’ After I do it, guys, kids, people I’m playing with, they’re like, ‘Wow. I didn’t know you could jump like that. I was shocked.’ It’s not even like an, ‘Ohhh,’ type thing. It’s a dead silence type thing. And it’s kind of cool. It’s something I’ve always prided myself on.”
What else is “kind of cool” is the fact that this guy can throw a baseball in the 90s (take that Tracy McGrady) and he had one of the most memorable blocks of the year.
And this dunk on Jabari Parker during Parker’s Duke days.
TOP MAX VERTS AT THE 2015 NBA DRAFT COMBINE
Pat Connaughton – 44″
Justin Anderson – 43″
Keifer Sykes – 43″
Marcus Thornton – 43″
Ryan Boatright – 41″
Joseph Young – 40.5″
J.P. Tokoto – 40″
6’8 TaShawn Thomas had one of the lowest scores with a 30.5″ max vert and a 26″ standing vert.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) May 14, 2015