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Andrew Wiggins' vertical performance goes viral

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Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins gets up for a dunk over Kansas State guard Marcus Foster during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins gets up for a dunk over Kansas State guard Marcus Foster during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Anybody with eyes and even a passing interest in Kansas University basketball knows this much about one-and-done Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins: the guy can jump.

And while the 6-foot-8 swingman out of Vaughan, Ontairo, isn't attending the NBA Draft combine in Chicago — just like other projected top-three picks Joel Embiid and Duke's Jabari Parker — he made sure to keep his name and skill set on the minds of the league.

On Thursday afternoon, P3, a sports science/training company, posted an Instagram photo of Wiggins testing his vertical — much like he would have been asked to do at the combine.

The pic went viral on social media as stunned hoop heads marveled over Wiggins' insane athleticism.

Many reposted the photo, while others had some fun with it.

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Former Jayhawk Brandon Rush might've summed it up perfectly.

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Comments

Benton Smith 5 years, 6 months ago

Credit to LJW copy desk star Nick Gerik for finding this gem:

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Kyle Rohde 5 years, 6 months ago

Wonder what the actual height of that jump was? I guess the time at KU didn't make him loyal to Adidas - already rocking vintage Jordans it appears.

Joseph Potts 5 years, 6 months ago

The top rung of a Vertec device is 144 inches, there appear to be 6-7 left untouched (each one being .5 inches). So 11'9" minus his standing reach will give you a rough estimate (FWIW the NBA Combine results put most 6'7"-6'8" players with standing reach scores of ~8'9"-8'11"). That would put him somewhere around a 36 inch jump.

Ben Schwartz 5 years, 6 months ago

The standard max on the Vertec is 12 feet, but do you think they use a standard device for NBA prospects? I have seen Wiggins dunk with his elbows around rim-height, so I feel like 12 feet isn't unrealistic. In fact, I remember reading an article pre-his time at KU that mentioned his vertical being "too high for the measuring device." I really don't think this performance lab would post the pic without it being worthwhile.

BMac posted a 40+ vertical at the combine and Wigs has more bounce than he does. A lot of people are calling it 44 inches, and I did my own relative measurements assuming the outlet covers are standard height of 4.5 in and came up with about the same number.

It is over 40 inches for sure. The guy standing there doesn't seem THAT much shorter than Wiggins... maybe 6'1" to 6'4". Wiggin's heels are above midpoint on the guy.

Michael Leiker 5 years, 6 months ago

I was wondering the same thing Kyle. He looks to have the bottom of his feet about waist high on that guy standing there, so maybe 3' give or take? Is that really that big of a deal?

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 6 months ago

That's more than 3', that's a 40"+ vertical (probably 45" range).

Michael Leiker 5 years, 6 months ago

So that guy standing there has 45" legs? The Wiggins hype machine without substance rolls on.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 6 months ago

Wiggins' heels are at least up to that guys' navel. That would be a 43" vertical if the dude's as average dimensionally as I am (5'-11").

Bryce Landon 5 years, 6 months ago

I got a question - why wasn't he leaping like that against the big men of San Diego State and Stanford?

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