Arizona Wildcats basketball: Gordon's combine leap raises bar

2014-05-16T11:06:00Z 2014-05-16T12:57:11Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Gordon's combine leap raises barBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

CHICAGO -- Aaron Gordon managed to open more eyes than Nick Johnson did in the vertical leap testing today at the NBA combine, but neither former Wildcat was thrilled with their results.

Gordon recorded a 39-inch maximum vertical leap (with a running start), prompting combine officials to raise the bar for his second and third tries. The video of the first leap can be seen here.

However, the leap was four inches shorter than the 43 inches that UA said Gordon leaped in testing last fall.

“Thirty nine is not bad,” Gordon said, but added “I can jump better than that.”

Gordon also had a standing vertical leap of 32.5 inches, another leap that is considered exceptional for a player of his size. UA said he had 34.5 inches in testing last fall.

Johnson, meanwhile, recorded numbers that would be eye-opening – if he wasn’t Nick Johnson.

Johnson recorded a 41.5-inch max vert, which was tied for third place with UCLA’s Zach LaVine and behind first-place Markel Brown and Jahii Carson but it was well below the 47 inches UA said he recorded last fall.

Johnson said his legs were a “little tired” after undergoing a lot of combine work in recent weeks, but that he was glad to post a leap that high considering that.

“I told everybody I was going for 50,” Johnson said. “But still, I think I showed how athletic I am."

Johnson was in the middle of the combine guards in some other skill tests taken this morning: He was sixth in the lane agility drill, 10th in the shuttle run (when players go back and forth in the lane) and 11th in the 3 / 4 – court (75 feet) sprint with a time of 3.27 seconds.

All the official measurements and test results are being place into the NBA's online database.

Among other notable drill results:Gordon's time of 10.81 in the lane agility drill was the best of any non-guard.


ICYMI from today, we had a feature on Gordon's outlook as an NBA lottery prospect, while Greg Hansen wrote about Steve Kerr's achievements and Zack Rosenblatt caught up with Damon Stoudamire about the OSU opening.

Stoudamire told Rosenblatt that there "hasn't been a whole lot of dialogue" about the job.

"There’s nothing really to say at this point," Stoudamire said.


Also, ICYMI, Jason Terry didn't forget his famous socks at graduation, even 15 years after he left campus.

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