Keon Johnson breaks 20-year-old record with insane vertical jump at 2021 NBA Draft Combine


Keon Johnson broke a record older than he is at the 2021 NBA Draft Combine.

The 19-year-old Tennessee product recorded a running vertical jump of 48 inches, per Kelly Iko of The Athletic. That broke the combine record previously held by Kansas’ Kenny Gregory, who jumped 45.5 inches in 2001.

Here’s his jump, via the NBA Draft’s official Twitter account.

Johnson also recorded a standing vertical jump of 41.5 inches.

Johnson’s athletic prowess is not a surprise. The 6-5 guard showed off big-time hops during his one-year college career. A clip of a dunk against Georgia made the social media rounds Wednesday night after Johnson’s vertical numbers were confirmed. 

The play certainly demonstrates how his jumping ability can be used in-game.

The athletic testing numbers should only help keep Johnson’s stock rising. He is projected to be a top-10 pick in Sporting News’ latest 2021 NBA Mock Draft.

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Johnson is not the only 2021 prospect to crack the list of top five jumps of all time. Texas center Jericho Sims (6-10) posted a 44.5-inch running vertical jump, tied for the third-highest with Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo.

Several other recognizable names are among the top 10 verticals in NBA Draft Combine history, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Only one of them was listed as smaller than 6-0 (Kay Felder, 5-9).

Year Player Running vertical (in.) Standing vertical (in.)
2021 Keon Johnson 48 41.5
2001 Kenny Gregory 45.5 39.5
2017 Hamidou Diallo 44.5 34.5
2021 Jericho Sims 44.5 37
2015 Pat Connaughton 44 37.5
2016 Kay Felder 44 35.5
2013 Shane Larkin 44 34.5
2020 Cassius Stanley 44 34.5
2020 Tyler Bey 43.5 37
2004 Timmy Bowers 43.5 37
2014 Markel Brown 43.5 36.5

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