Wes already mentioned this in his post that broke down the Miami Heat’s summer league team, but in case you missed it, the Miami Heat have a player that can jump really really really high.
So high, he can kiss a basketball rim.
Ladies and Gentlemen, D.J. Stephens.
And according to Jay Busbee at Yahoo Sports, D.J. Stephens has a 46-inch vertical. The highest vertical ever recorded by the NBA. To put this into perspective, Michael Jordan and LeBron James had 44-inch verticals.
The big question is can he play in the NBA? Or is he a one-trick pony (though his one trick is a pretty valuable one to have in basketball)?
This year, as a senior at Memphis University, he averaged only 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 23.6 minutes per game. These are mediocre or sub-par numbers, at best. His only saving grace was the 2.6 blocks per game that he averaged, which obviously has something to do with the fact that he can jump really high. Still, you’d expect more than 6.6 rebounds per game for a college kid with a 46-inch vertical…I guess we’ll just have to see how Stephens does against NBA-caliber competition this summer.