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_

Stanford loses key veteran guard to stress fracture

Marcus Allen
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Stanford guard Marcus Allen will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced on Monday evening.

“We want to make sure Marcus is fully healthy before returning to the court,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement. “Marcus played at a high level during our summer exhibition competition in Italy, where he was one of our leading scorers. We will certainly miss him as we continue to prepare for the season, but we are fortunate that this happened now and he will be back before he knows it.”

The loss of Allen is a potentially brutal blow in an already-thin back court. The 6-foot-3 Allen started 23 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 boards. But he averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 boards as the Cardinal made a run to the NIT championship and looked poised to be able to replace the departed Chasson Randle’s production this year.

What’s worse is that without Allen, Stanford does not return a single player in their back court that averaged more than 11.5 minutes. Sophomore Robert Cartwright looks poised to step into the starting point guard role, but neither Dorian Pickens nor Christian Sanders looked like they were ready for that kind of role in the Pac-12 last season. Dawkins does return Malcolm Allen, Marcus’ twin brother, who sat out last season with a broken wrist.

The good news is that Stanford’s front court is strong enough to carry the Cardinal until Marcus is healthy. Rosco Allen, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey will be able to hold their own against any front line in the Pac-12, while Grant Verhoeven and freshman Josh Sharma will provide adequate depth.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

Larry Krystkowiak
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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.