LEXINGTON, Ky. — The latest measurements from Kentucky basketball’s pro day on Sunday have not yet been released, but SEC Country did get its hands on a copy of the information that was handed out to NBA scouts before the event. Some of the numbers, which are from the team’s summer testing, are astounding.
Of the Wildcats’ 11 scholarship players, nine are 6-foot-5 ½ or taller (six are at least 6-9), nine have wingspans of at least 6-11, nine have less than 10 percent body fat, and six have max verticals of 36-plus inches (three with 39-plus).
Freshman center Nick Richards leads the team in height (7-0 ¼), wingspan (7-5) and 185-pound bench-press reps (15). He also ran a faster three-quarter-court sprint (3.37 seconds) than point guard Quade Green (3.44). Freshman power forward P.J. Washington is only 6-foot-7, but he has a ridiculous 7-3 wingspan, the third-fastest sprint on the team (3.34 seconds) and second-highest vertical (43 inches).
It will come as no surprise that freshman guard Hamidou Diallo is the team’s most athletic freak: 6-foot-5 ½, 7-foot wingspan, the team’s lowest body-fat percentage (5.28), highest vertical (44 ½) and fastest sprint (3.11 seconds).
This data will be updated, perhaps later Monday, if players improved on any of these numbers during the combine at Rupp Arena on Sunday. Scouts from all 30 NBA teams — and almost 90 total representatives from the league — were in attendance.
You can view the UK Pro Day booklet, complete with photos of shirtless basketball players in their underwear, by clicking here. Or get an abbreviated rundown of all the scholarship guys right here:
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