Former Arizona Wildcats standout forward Aaron Gordon was the talk of the NBA scouting combine today in Chicago.
Here are some Twitter reactions to his performance and that of Nick Johnson, the Pac-12 Player of the Year who is trying to improve his draft stock:
Gordon raised the bar, literally, forcing workers at the combine to raise the vertical leap bar because he jumped too high.
Gordon has played in Sean Miller’s effective system, which is more about team than individual flair at the college level. Now that Gordon is in the looser style of the NBA, which accentuates a player’s athleticism, watch out.
Safe to say Aaron Gordon has helped himself in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/GFpc7QZFl4
Don’t be surprised if Gordon is taken by the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, attended a couple of Arizona’s games at McKale Center this season.
Aaron Gordon on his meeting with the Celtics: "I got a good vibe from them. They seem to be very family-oriented and very good people."
We all knew Gordon made the right move leaving after his freshman year because of his lottery status. Scouts learned more about Zach LaVine, another freshman from UCLA, in Chicago this week. Maybe LaVine did not make a mistake by leaving early after all.
Think its safe to say that Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine were the big winners in the athletic testing today. #NBACombine
Gordon and Boston coach Brad Stevens have a mutual respect.
Aaron Gordon smiled when asked about Brad Stevens, then said, "He's one of the guys I would like to be around." #NBACombine
Gordon told a group of reporters that the 39-inch vertical leap recorded at the combine is not a true indication of his jumping ability. That’s three feet and three inches. That’s high enough, but if he says he can jump higher, who can deny it?
Aaron Gordon seems to be pretty upset with his 39-inch vertical leap. "I know I can jump higher than that," he says. pic.twitter.com/yR0QjgIIb2
In Gordon’s estimation, he should be No. 1 in this category.
Aaron Gordon's 39-inch vertical is 3rd highest for PF/C position in combine history, behind Miles Plumlee and Tyrus Thomas.
He is No. 1 here with some good company.
Aaron Gordon's standing vert of 32.5 is better than Blake Griffin (32.0), Chris Bosh (30.5) and Dwight Howard (30.5)
Johnson says in an interview that he will go hard in practice and stay within his game during workouts for NBA teams leading up to the NBA draft.
Here is video of Johnson’s vertical leap measured at 41.5 inches. His jump was measured at 47 inches at Arizona last year.
Johnson said the hard work that includes long hours of working out effected his vertical leap, although 41.5 inches is quite impressive.