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Arizona Wildcats social media reactions: Gordon’s impressive day at NBA scouting combine


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.

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.

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.

Gordon and Boston coach Brad Stevens have a mutual respect.

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?

In Gordon’s estimation, he should be No. 1 in this category.

He is No. 1 here with some good company.

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. publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.


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