The NBA’s top prospects descended upon Chicago this week to participate in the annual NBA Combine. The week-long event gives incoming rookies a chance to show off their skills and athleticism just a month before the 2021 Draft.
Keon Johnson quickly slid to the top of conversation at the NBA Combine after breaking an event record in the vertical leap on Wednesday. The former Tennessee star posted a 48-inch mark, smashing Kenny Gregory’s 20-year-old top measurement by nearly three inches, according to Draft Express’ and ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Johnson averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game at Tennessee as a freshman in 2020, bursting on the scene as one of the most athletic players in the country. He clearly backed that up at the NBA Combine this week with his showing.
The 19-year-old also posted a 41.5 inch in the standing vertical leap, which will turn heads around the NBA. If Johnson can continue to show out for the rest of the week, he’ll likely see his draft stock skyrocket in the coming weeks.
Tennessee's Keon Johnson smashed Kenny Gregory's 20-year NBA Combine record with an outrageous 48 inch vertical leap. Also posted a 41 1/2 inch standing vertical leap. https://t.co/khCp6TYauZ
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 24, 2021
Johnson has been projected as a top-fifteen pick consistently this summer leading up to the 2021 draft. Some mocks have listed him inside the top-10, meaning that teams are clearly fond of his impressive athleticism.
“Keon Johnson is a player who would fit the vision of a team with a long-term view, as he’s got the physical gifts of a top-five pick but is at a point developmentally where he still needs to sharpen up offensively to really reach his potential. No better franchise to gamble on those physical tools than one that helped mold Kawhi Leonard into an All-Star,” CBS Sports wrote about the Tennessee star on Tuesday.
The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, July 29, We’ll find out then where Johnson will land in the league.