Remember when Jeremy Evan won the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest? Well, he did, and this is quite reminiscent and explanatory of the win. He has officially set the P3 Sports Science Institute record for a vertical. Recognize the name? That’s because Andrew Wiggins was there recently, setting the previous record with his own 44-inch vertical.
Here’s Wiggins’ jump:
Wiggins went on to even greater heights when he was selected first overall in this year’s NBA Draft. Aside from the Dunk Competition and this viral photo, Evans had not accomplished all that much in the NBA. He has 6.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. He has been in the league for four years and he was humbled just to see playing time.
“It was huge to actually get minutes this season,” Evans said. “I finally got to play and I tried to take advantage of the minutes I received. People said the same thing, that all I could do is dunk the ball. A lot of times, people get labeled when they first get to the NBA. So it was great to be able to show I could do some other things.”
Evans wants to be more than just an athlete.
“I have to work on my entire game,” Evans said to The Salt Lake Tribune back in May. “I have to get stronger, I have to keep putting on weight and I have to keep improving.”
He can start by building upon the stateless attributes that he possesses, defense, hustle and energy.
Tony Jones of the Tribune writes:
A bigger upper body. An improved mid-range jumper. More confidence. More minutes.
That’s the recipe for a player like Jeremy Evans to continue debunking a myth and shaking a reputation.
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