If you’re not familiar with Shane Larkin, you might be with his father, Barry Larkin. Yes, that Barry Larkin, the famed Cincinnati Reds shortstop.
His son Shane, who attended Miami University and recently entered himself into the NBA Draft record the second highest max-vertical jump in history today, registering a standing vertical of 34.5 inches and a max vertical of 44 inches. Impressive numbers.
He fell short of Kenny Gregory’s record set in 2001 which was 1.5 inches higher.
Of course, chances are, you probably don’t remember Kenny Gregory who played college at the University of Kansas. Gregory went undrafted despite his unique size and athletic ability, so the amazing vertical jump may mean more to a personal achievement than it would NBA success.
Unlike Gregory though, Larkin, despite a lack of size, should find a place on an NBA roster as he’s projected to be a late first round pick that could either slide or climb draft boards depending on his showing at the combine.