Ex-UCLA guard Zach LaVine shows off 46-inch vertical in workout with Lakers
"Jumping out of the gym" no longer seems like such a crazy phrase after seeing this photo of Zach LaVine.
The former UCLA guard and current 2014 NBA draft prospect showed off his astounding 46-inch vertical during a workout with the Lakers on Wednesday. The leap set a Lakers pre-draft workout record, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.
LaVine had the third-best vertical (41.5") at last month's NBA draft combine in Chicago, but bested that mark handily in Los Angeles. LaVine's jump -- which appears even more amazing in the above photo due to the angle of the camera -- sent shock waves through social media on Wednesday. Just a few weeks ago it was Andrew Wiggins doing the same, dropping jaws and creating memes with his 44-inch vertical in a workout:
Wiggins is currently projected to go No. 2 to the Bucks in Chris Mannix's latest Mock Draft. LaVine is slated to go No. 15 to the Hawks. Here's what Mannix had to say about the UCLA guard in his latest mock:
No player has more athletic potential in the 2014 draft than LaVine. Can he harness it? That remains to be seen. LaVine was the definition of streaky last year, shooting at a blistering clip in the first month of the season before tailing off badly at the end of it. LaVine is determined to become a point guard, though several interested teams see him as a two. It's similar to how some teams felt about another uber-athletic UCLA guard: Russell Westbrook.
If you're looking for more of LaVine's ridicolous vertical, check out this highlight video from an NBA workout last month:
The 6-foot-5 LaVine left UCLA after just one season. As a freshman, LaVine averaged 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game.
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