Athletic testing results from 2012 NBA Draft Combine released

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Athletic testing isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to draft position, but some players put up impressive numbers at the 2012 NBA Draft Combine, while others slipped behind.

Among the most outstanding numbers were Harrison Barnes 38-inch standing vertical, Scott Machado’s 17 bench press reps, Quincy Acy’s combine-best 10.48 lane agility test, and Darius Johnson-Odom’s all-around strong showing in the vertical and in the bench press.

Below is the full list of test results, with a hat-tip going to Draft Express.

To be noted: Anthony Davis, Dion Waiters, Royce White, and Tomas Satoransky did not participate, Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham participated only in the bench press, and Kim English, Kyle O’Quinn, and Kendall Marshall did not take part in the bench press. John Henson was slowed by an ankle injury and skipped portions of the speed and agility testing.

Standing Vertical Jump
Five Best
Harrison Barnes 38.0
Damian Lillard 34.5
Festus Ezeli 34
Miles Plumlee 34
Marcus Denmon 33.5
Darius Johnson-Odom 33.5
Arnett Moultrie 33.5
Jeff Taylor 33.5

Five Worst
John Henson 25.5
J’Covan Brown 26
Henry Sims 26.5
Scott Machado27
Mike Scott 27

Maximum Vertical Jump
Five Best
Darius Johnson-Odom 41.5
Miles Plumlee 40.5
Marquis Teague 40.5
Jeff Taylor 40.0
Marcus Denmon 40.0
Tony Mitchell 40.0

Five Worst
Henry Sims 29.5
J’Covan Brown 29.5
John Henson 30
Robbie Hummel 30
Andrew Nicholson 30.5

Bench Press Repetitions
Five Best
Jae Crowder 20
Meyers Leonard 19
JaMychal Green 19
Festus Ezeli 18
Kevin Jones 17
Scott Machado 17
Darius Johnson-Odom 17

Five Worst
Tony Wroten 0
Tyshawn Taylor 0
Will Barton 0
Austin Rivers 1
Doron Lamb 2
Terrence Ross 2

3/4 Court Sprint
Five Best
Harrison Barnes 3.16
Thomas Robinson 3.17
Michael Kidd Gilchrist 3.18
Marcus Denmon 3.19
Marquis Teague 3.19
Perry Jones 3.19

Five Worst
Jared Sullinger 3.81
Andrew Nicholson 3.67
Kevin Jones 3.6
Will Barton 3.6
Kyle O’Quinn 3.53

Lane Agility Drill
Five Best
Quincy Acy 10.48
Jordan Taylor 10.57
Kim English 10.59
JaMychal Green 10.63
Miles Plumlee 10.64

Five Worst
Jared Sullinger 12.77
Will Barton 12.5
Festus Ezeli 12.35
Henry Sims 12.33
Fab Melo 12.14

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

POSTERIZED: Jaylen Brown throws down hard in transition

Albert Almanza, Jaylen Brown, Jalin Barnes
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Jaylen Brown is a top five player in the Class of 2015 and a kid projected as a top ten pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.


Because he does things like this:

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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Denzel Valentine, the nation’s best player?

Denzel Valentine
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GAME OF THE DAY: Syracuse 74, No. 25 Texas A&M 67

The Orange got 20 points from Michael Gbinije and 15 points and five assists from Trevor Cooney as they won the Battle 4 Atlantis title on Friday afternoon. We wrote on this game earlier. Are the Orange for real this year?


Denzel Valentine, Michigan State: 32 points, nine boards, six assists

No. 3 Michigan State beat Boise State 77-67 in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy out in California, but the result of that game is less important than the result of Valentine’s night. A night after notching his second triple-double of the season, Valentine took over another way on Friday, hitting five straight threes in the span of about five minutes to put the Spartans up double-figures in a game they were struggling to take control of.

In three games against high-major competition, Valentine is now averaging 30.0 points, 10.7 boards and 9.3 assists. He has been, unequivocally, the best player in college basketball this season.

No. 10 Gonzaga 73, No. 17 UConn 70: Eric McClellan and Kyle Dranginis made some big plays down the stretch as the Bulldogs held on to win a game they led by as much as 21 in the second half. Kyle Wiltjer scored a team-best 17 points for Gonzaga, which finished third at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Rob Dauster wrote more about the Bulldogs and their second-half performance here.

Alabama 64, No. 20 Wichita State 60: While the Shockers’ losses to USC and Alabama don’t help them from an NCAA tournament standpoint, the bigger issue is the team’s health.

No. 17 Notre Dame 68, Iowa 62: The Fighting Irish blew a 15-point second half lead, but the comeback gassed the Hawkeyes, as Notre Dame was able to pull away down the stretch. V.J. Beachem led the way with 16 points.


Quincy Ford, Northeastern: Not only did he score 24 points in the upset win over No. 15 Miami, but he hit the game-winning jumper, too. Video here.

Cat Barber, N.C. State: Barber notched a career-high 37 points to go along with eight assists as the Wolfpack fought off a scrappy Winthrop team, 87-79. He wasn’t the best scorer on the floor, though …

Jimmy Gavin, Winthrop: Gavin finished with 38 points. Off the bench. The most incredible part? He was 5-foot-4, 90 pounds as a sophomore due to Crohn’s Disease.

John Egbunu, Florida: Egbunu finished with 17 points, 11 boards and four blocks as the Gators knocked off FGCU, 70-50. Dorian Finney-Smith added 23 points for Florida.


Wichita State’s bigs: Five of them (Anton Grady, Zach Brown, Rashard Kelly, Bush Wakumota, Eric Hamilton) finished a combined 3-for-21 from the floor with 14 points and 14 fouls. Wakumota shot one of the worst threes you’ll ever see with Wichita State down 62-60 with 10 seconds left.

Grady suffered a scary neck injury late in the game, but early reports sound positive.


  • Jamal Murray went for 21 points and three assists without a turnover at No. 1 Kentucky rolled over South Florida. The big question: How bad is Tyler Ulis’ elbow injury?
  • Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart both had 13 points as No. 8 Villanova knocked off Georgia Tech to win the Preseason NIT, 69-52.
  • No. 23 Xavier raced out of the gates against USC and led by as much as 32, going on to win 87-77 in Orlando. Trevon Bluiett led four Musketeers in double figures with 16 points and James Farr added 12 to go along with nine rebounds off the bench.
  • Troy Caupain had 17 points and Octavious Ellis added 12 points and nine boards (seven offensive) as No. 24 Cincinnati outlasted Nebraska, 65-61, at the Barclays Center.


  • Stanford finished third at the Preseason NIT with a 69-66 win over Arkansas, closing the game on a stunning 21-1 run. Rosco Allen scored eight of his career-high 25 points during that run, and Marcus Allen’s goal-tended layup with 2.6 seconds remaining gave the Cardinal the lead for good.
  • Taurean Waller-Prince had 25 points to lead Baylor to a win over Arkansas State.
  • Joey King’s 18 points paced five players in double-figures for Minnesota as they knocked off Omaha, 93-90.
  • Caris LeVert had 19 points and Derrick Walton added 13 points and seven assists as the Wolverines beat Texas in the fifth-place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis.