bluesalt

August 4th, 2017 at 10:35 PM ^

You measure vertical by seeing how high a rung a kid can reach while standing on the floor, and then subtracting that from how high the kid reaches on the jump. Jumpers want to reach as high as they can off the jump for obvious reasons, but they sometimes don't stretch quite as much from the ground, giving the appearance they're starting a couple inches lower, and thus artificially adding to their vertical. That's the most common.

Additionally, sometimes you just set up the stand wrong, making the rings at the wrong height. This happened a coupe of years ago at the NBA combine, and they threw out all the reach related results.

ijohnb

August 4th, 2017 at 3:32 PM ^

actually a ridiculous vertical if that is legit.

Now, if he can do any of the other basketball-y things required it would be really helpful.

Yo_Blue

August 4th, 2017 at 4:46 PM ^

Woody was trying to dunk on a 9.5 foot rim and wasn't coming close.  The sound woman went to his trailor and suggested he try yoga.  He stretched for a half hour or so.  While he was doing this, the crew lowered the rim to 9 feet.  Woody came out and dunked on his first attempt and never knew the truth until after the fact.

Year of Revenge II

August 4th, 2017 at 4:19 PM ^

This is obviously not a white man!.  You can tell by looking how high the tips of his fingers are! /s but only half sarcastic.  

We need to find a way to get this kind of athleticism onto the floor for significant PT this year.

PM

August 4th, 2017 at 5:51 PM ^

Not that it matters.  Roughly once a year or so I have a really sweet dream where I jump like a MF for a two handed slam. 

In HS, there was a guy, maybe 5'8," who could actually do that (so could his brother.) The rest of their game wasn't too bad either.  

Flying Dutchman

August 4th, 2017 at 5:39 PM ^

I am about 6'3", and 20 years ago I had a measured 36 inch vertical jump, unusual for a man so white.    I could dunk it anyway you wanted me to other than the absurd MJ free throw line stuff.   For context, I could hit my elbow on the rim.   Glory days....

But this, by Ibi, and past stuff from GRIII, even our departed Aubrey Dawkins, is an athleticism so rare its hard to believe.    These guys could put their chin to the rim and look down through it.  

LSAClassOf2000

August 4th, 2017 at 7:58 PM ^

I am 5'9'' and I have touched a rim - on a stepladder, and then only to actually hang the basket. I would try it in a pickup game, but I very much doubt that I would be able to effectively carry the ladder and dribble, deploy the ladder while dribbling, climb the ladder and still shoot a basket. OK, maybe against Philadelphia or the Knicks, but not anyone aside from that. 

Lucky Socks

August 4th, 2017 at 4:37 PM ^

The forgotten man on the roster with his first positive pub.  We've seen guys breakout from nowhere before.

On a related note, I think Jon Sanderson might be the most important member of our basketball staff aside from Beilein.  They're a perfect match.  

Beilien: "I'm going to recruit high character guys with basketball skill who are young for their grade, and look scrawny but have length."

Sanderson - "OK thx, give me 12 months."

BigBlue02

August 4th, 2017 at 5:52 PM ^

Uhhh, this can't be correct. An athletic wing is exactly what I was told we have none of on the team because Beilein doesn't recruit them