Day 2 of the 2013 NBA Draft Combine featured athletic testing drills for top prospects and NBA hopefuls, and some of the players who failed to post prototypical physical measurements on Thursday responded by excelling in strength and agility testing. Indiana guard Victor Oladipo certainly wowed some observers with his vertical jump numbers. Here's a rundown of some of the numbers for top prospects, via Chad Ford on Twitter.
Victor Oladipo raised a few eyebrows on Thursday when he measured 6'4.25 tall with shoes, but he left no doubts about his elite athleticism on Friday. The 21-year-old defender recorded a 33-inch standing vertical leap and an eye-popping 42-inch max vertical. Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore also posted top-notch numbers, including a 32-and-a-half-inch standing vertical and a 42-inch max vertical. Both players fared well in the sprints and agility drills, too. They are currently projected to be top-10 picks in the upcoming draft.
The raw athletic numbers still aren't the end-all-be-all in the draft process, of course, as some of the best athletes at the combine have failed in the NBA due to holes in their game:
42-inch vertical for Victor Oladipo. Others w/42 or better, via @draftexpress: N. Robinson, Claxton, Shumpert, Ewing Jr., Selby, Farmar.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) May 17, 2013
Some guards didn't fare as well in the tests. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope only registered a 29-inch standing vertical and 34-and-a-half-inch max vertical. Archie Goodwin posted a 30-inch standing vertical and 36-inch max vertical.
The big men also performed the same tests, and interesting results emerged from that process as well. Rudy Gobert's freakish length impressed scouts on Thursday, but his 25-inch standing vertical and 29-inch max vertical were low numbers for a big man. By contrast, Cody Zeller impressed observers as he reached 35-and-a-half inches on his standing vertical and 37-and-a-half inches on his max vertical. Zeller actually tested out as one of the best athletes at the combine, according to Ford.