NBA Draft 2013: D.J. Stephens reportedly logs record 46-inch vertical jump

Gregory Shamus

The Memphis swingman opened some eyes while working out for the Brooklyn Nets.

D.J. Stephens might not be at the top of most teams' NBA Draft wish lists, but he opened some eyes when he recorded a 46-inch vertical while working out for the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. That's the highest mark ever measured by the NBA, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

The Memphis swingman bested Kenny Gregory's 45.5-inch leap from 2001 and did so less than a week after Miami's Shane Larkin recorded a 44-inch vertical.

As Stephens, who is just 6'5, fights to make his case to NBA teams, his new record might help counteract his lack of size.

Stephens' production grew steadily throughout four years with the Tigers, though he did not average more than 11.2 minutes per game until his senior season. In a more prominent role this year, he averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest, though he was probably known better for his jaw-dropping dunks.

DraftExpress does not currently project Stephens to be drafted — but even if that turns out to be the case, his freakish athleticism could inspire a team to take a chance on him at some point. If you want to see how that record-setting vertical translates into a live game, look no further than this video:

More from SB Nation:

Prada: Would Hibbert have stopped LeBron?

Video: LeBron's game-winner | GIF: Hibbert shakes his head

NBA mock draft consensus: Noel to Cavs | SB Nation's Big Board

Cavs win the Lottery | Complete draft order

Longform: Basketball and chaos in Europe

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.