Star NBA Prospect Andrew Wiggins Can Jump Really High
Above is a video of Andrew Wiggins at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy. As you can see, this dude can jump pretty freaking high.
If you're wondering just how high he can jump, you're going to have to continue wondering. The vertical leap measurement apparatus just can't measure his peak, as noted by Scott Leedy of Hardwood Paroxysm.
"when staff attempted to quantify Andrew Wiggins’s vertical leap, Wiggins jumped higher than the measuring apparatus could measure"— Scott Leedy (@ScottLeedy) July 8, 2013
I've heard Gerald Green did the same thing, to give you an idea of the type of vertical that takes.— Scott Leedy (@ScottLeedy) July 8, 2013
In case you don't have a frame of reference for how high Gerald Green can jump, he's the dude who blew out the candle on a cupcake sitting on the back of the rim back in the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest.
This really creates a problem when scouting a young player such as Wiggins. If they can't numerically calculate how high he's jumping, what are they going to put down in the little box that says "Jumping Ability"?
I suppose the best they can do is mark down a little thumbs-up and move on to evaluating his agility.
Obviously, sheer ability to jump isn't going to turn you into a solid NBA player—D.J. Stephens broke the combine record for max vertical jump this spring and went undrafted—but it's definitely not going to hurt the dude either.
Unfortunately, he's got to toil away a season at Kansas before we finally get to see him land in the NBA. Until then, watch out for him dunking over Kansas State guys next winter.
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