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2017 NBA Combine: Measurements vs. College Listings

Posted in 101 ESPN, 2017 NBA Combine, 2017 NBA Draft, Basketball, Bleacher Report, Draft Express, nba, NBA Draft, NCAA, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2017 by Shane Gray

Shane Gray (@RealShaneGray)

Earlier this month, the NBA held its annual Draft Combine, where dozens of NBA hopefuls and representatives of all 30 NBA teams gathered for player interviews, athletic and strength tests, 5 on 5 scrimmages and, yes — official length and height measurements.

For decades, fans have taken interest in discovering just how tall some of the NCAA’s biggest stars actually were/are. Some of the measurements over the years have been eye-opening and — in some cases — hurt a prospects draft stock.

Way back in 1992, Oklahoma State stud Byron Houston — a collegiate All-American who was listed at 6’7″ with the Cowboys — measured just 6’4″ barefoot at the Combine, putting him closer to 6’5″ in shoes than his supposed 6’7″.

More recently, Kansas State standout Michael Beasley — who was billed at 6’10” in college and has continued to be listed at 6’10” at his various NBA stops — measured just 6’7″ in socks and 6’8″ 1/4 with shoes at the 2008 Combine.

As you can guess, some teams showed diminished interest in Houston and Beasley after their measurements. For Houston, who primarily played the post, 6’5″ in shoes wasn’t nearly as attractive as 6’7″. For Beasley, a classic tweener who can play a little at both the three and the four, his 6’8″ in- shoes measurement wasn’t as appealing to some clubs as a 6’10” measurement would have been.

At this year’s combine, as has long been the case, many of the players came up significantly shorter than advertised. I took the time to compare every prospect measured at the Combine to their college listing, checking at least two to three sources to ensure accuracy. Here are the results — first as a group and then individually.

Of 66 players measured both with and without shoes early in day when people are significantly taller (1/3 inch to 3/4 inch+ in some cases than afternoon/evening due to spinal compression), here are the results of the NO SHOES measurements:

-13 of 66 prospects (19.6%) measured 2 to 2.5 inches below their listed college height.
-29 of 66 players (43.9%) measured 1.75 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-41 of 66 prospects (62.1%) measured 1.5 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-50 of 66 players (75.7%) measured 1.25 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-59 of 66 players (89.3%) measured 1 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-62 of 66 prospects (93.9%) measured .75 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-65 of 66 players (98.4%) measured .5 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-1 of 66 players (1.5%) measured same height as listed college height.

In terms of IN SHOE measurements — players play in shoes, after all, and thus in-shoe measurements are completely valid and appropriate — just 25 of 66 measured as tall as their listed college height. Even with shoes on, 41 of 66 were shorter than their listed college height.

Individually, the results were as follows:

Player                     No Shoes     In Shoes      College Listing  College
Jonathon Jeanne   7’0 3/4″         7’2″                 7’2″                       France
Thomas Welsh      6’11 1/2″        7’0 1/2″          7’0″                       UCLA
Omer Yurtseven   6’10 1/2″        6’11 3/4″       7’0″                       N.C. State
Zach Collins           6’10 1/4″        7’0″               7’0″                       Gonzaga
Justin Patton          6’10”              6’11 1/4″       7’0″                      Creighton
Moritz Wagner      6’10”              6’11 1/4″       6’11”                    Michigan
Thomas Bryant      6’9 1/2″         6’10 3/4″      6’10”                     Indiana
Tony Bradley          6’9 1/4″         6’10” 3/4″     6’11”                     UNC
Harry Giles             6’9 1/4″         6’10” 1/2″     6’10 & 6’11”         Duke
Jarrett Allen           6’9″                6’10 1/4″      6’11”                     Texas
Bam Adebayo        6’8 3/4″          6’9 3/4″        6’10”                     Kentucky
TJ Leaf                     6’8 3/4″         6’9 3/4″         6’10”                     UCLA
Kennedy Meeks     6’8 3/4″         6’10 1/4″       6’10”                     UNC
Ivan Rabb               6’8 3/4″         6’10”              6’11”                    California
DJ Wilson                6’8 3/4″         6’10 1/2″       6’10”                    Michigan
Ike Anigbogu          6’8 1/2″         6’9 3/4″         6’10”                    UCLA
Eric Mica                 6’8 1/2″         6’9 1/4″         6’10”                    BYU
John Collins            6’8 1/4″         6’9 1/2″         6’10”                    Wake Forest
Tyler Lydon            6’8 1/4″         6’9 1/2″         6’9″                      Syracuse
Chris Boucher        6’8″                6’9 1/2″         6’10”                    Oregon
Kyle Kuzma            6’8″                6’9 1/2″         6’9″                      Utah
Jonathan Motley    6’7 3/4″         6’8″ 3/4″        6’10”                   Baylor
Caleb Swanigan     6’7 1/2″         6’8 1/2″          6’9″                     Purdue
Isaiah Hicks            6’7 1/4″         6’8 1/2″          6’9″                     UNC
Alec Peters              6’7 1/4           6’8 3/4″         6’9″                     Valparaiso
Jordan Bell             6’7″                6’8 1/2″         6’9″                      Oregon
Justin Jackson        6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                      UNC
Cameron Oliver     6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                     Nevada
Devin Robinson     6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                     Florida
Svi Mykhailiuk      6’6 1/2            6’7 1/2″         6’8″                    Kansas
OG Anunoby           6’6 1/4″          6’7 3/4″         6’8″                    Indiana
V.T. Beachem          6’6 1/4″          6’8″                6’8″                    Notre Dame
Nigel Hayes            6’6 1/4″          6’7 1/2″          6’8″                    Wisconsin
Jaron Blossomgame 6’5 3/4″      6’6 3/4″          6’7″                    Clemson
Justin Jackson        6’5 3/4″         6’7″                 6’7″                    Maryland
Jamel Artis             6’5 1/2″         6’6 3/4″           6’7″                    Pittsburgh
Terrance Ferguson 6’5 1/2″       6’7″                 6’7″                    Abelaine 36ers (pro)
Wesley Iwundu     6’5 1/2″         6’6 3/4″           6’7″                    Kansas State
P.J. Dozier               6’5 1/4″         6’6 3/4″           6’6″                    South Carolina
Semi Ojeleye          6’5 1/4″         6’6″                 6’7″                    SMU
Dillon Brooks         6’5″               6’6″                 6’7″                    Oregon
Dwayne Bacon      6’4 3/4″         6’6 1/4″           6’7″                    Florida State
Damyean Dotson  6’4 1/2″         6’5 1/2″           6’5″                    Houston
Luke Kennard        6’4 1/2″        6’5 1/2″           6’6″                    Duke
Davon Reed            6’4 1/2″        6’5 1/2″           6’6″                    Miami
Peter Jok                 6’4 1/2″         6’5 3/4″          6’6″                     Iowa
Edmond Sumner   6’4″               6’5 3/4″          6’6″                     Xavier
Hamidou Diallo     6’3 3/4″         6’5″                6’5″                     Kentucky
Josh Hart                 6’3 3/4″         6’5″                6’5 1/2″              Villanova
Sindarius Thornwell 6’3 1/2″     6’4 3/4″         6’5″                    South Carolina
Kobi Simmons        6’3 1/4″         6’4 1/2″         6’5″                    Arizona
Derrick White        6’3 1/4″          6’4 1/2″         6’5″                    Colorado
Tyler Dorsey           6’3″                6’4 1/2″         6’4″                    Oregon
Andrew Jones         6’3″                6’4 1/4″         6’4″                    Texas
Rawle Alkins          6’2 1/2″          6’3 3/4″         6’5″                    Arizona
De’ Aaron Fox        6’2″                 6’3 1/4″         6’3″                    Kentucky
Frank Jackson        6’2                  6’3 1/2″         6’3″                    Duke
Nigel Williams-Goss 6’1 1/2″       6’3″               6’3″                    Gonzaga
Isaiah Briscoe        6’1 1/4″           6’2 3/4″        6’3″                     Kentucky
Donovan Mitchell  6’1 1/4″          6’3″               6’3″                    Louisville
Monte Morris         6’1 1/4″           6’2 1/2″        6’3″                    Iowa State
Melo Trimble         6’1 1/4″           6’2 1/2″        6’3″                    Maryland
Kadeem Allen        6’1″                 6’2 3/4″         6’3″                    Arizona
Frank Mason         5’11”                6’0″               5’11”                  Kansas
Derrick Walton     5’11”                6’0 3/4″         6’1″                   Michigan
Jawun Evans         5’10 3/4″          5’11 1/2″       6’1″                  Oklahoma State

Girl Chat Sports – Episode 40

Posted in Basketball, Football, Girl Chat Sports, nba, NCAA, Podcast, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2017 by A-Train

300x300_11658322ICYMI: (@GirlChatSports) Jessika Ward is the guest for Episode 40 of Girl Chat Sports. Jessica is a broadcast journalist and sports reporter for FSU and FAMU. We learned yet another young woman’s love and upbringing in sports and how that tailored a love for journalism, asking questions and talking Sports!!! Jessika also now hosts her own show on YouTube called #JessikaWardTV. The GCS Ladies and Jessika discuss the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, as well as some of the other records that were broken and/or tied during the game. What happened to the Falcons the 2nd half? Is Kyle Shanahan the blame? Who took Tom Brady’s jersey and will anyone give James White the winning game ball he left behind? The difference between Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, and Melissa finally links Howie Long and Chris Long (DUH!!! smdh) and enjoys the time that Martellus and Michael Bennett were able to share post game interview. Now what about those commercials!!! SB 2017 came with some great commercials, and MANY with great meaning behind them (slight punch at the orange guy lol). What about the halftime show? Our thoughts on GAGA’s performance take? But lets really talk about what everyone wants to know, no not #ArmsoftheNFL *which we cover* BUT are the Simpsons really predicting major life events? Seahawks/Broncos SB, Twin Towers, Trump and now the Falcons/Patriots SB? We continue to monitor that one. And of course the latest top 5 of Women’s and Men’s NCAA hoops and a heart felt Ahhhhhhh moment. Go down to the link below and check out the show! 

Girl Chat Sports: Episode 40

Girl Chat Sports – Episodes 37 and 38

Posted in Basketball, Football, Girl Chat Sports, NCAA, NFL, Podcast, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by A-Train

ICYMI…Girl Chat Sports (@GirlChatSports) had two great guests on their last shows…Melissa and Stephanie welcomed from NFLFemale.com Tiera Dobbins and one-half of the Deuces Wild podcast (aka N The Zone New England) Alex Washington.

460-_11912296It may have been a bit hard for S-Wash and Melissa to talk football today, after all both their teams lost this past weekend, but they were joined by special guest Tiera Dobbins, a Steelers die hard fan, a contributor to NFLFemale.com and newest member of the N The Zone Show and NTZ Network, reppin’ OHIO…The ladies go over some of their favorite and unforgettable plays from this past weekend’s games and the stress involved in watching your team, especially in the Playoffs! Plus discuss social media HOT topic of Antonio Brown going LIVE on Facebook, and the role that social media has started to play in sports. They also hear long time SAN DIEGO Chargers fan, Bruce Justice (friend of S-Wash). Bruce shares his back story on the Chargers, being a fan, and if he will continue to support the team. Also they touch on UCONN women’s basketball team epic winning streak. And of course we end with #ArmsOfTheNFL and a HAHAHA moment with Chuck vs. Warriors per NBA 2k lol. Check out the episode below.

Girl Chat Sports Episode 37: Tiera Dobbins

460-_11925766The Patriots find themselves in the Super Bowl…again. S-Wash and Melissa sure can’t decide…but with the help of guest Alex Washington, he brings a clear bias towards Pats Nation. Alex talks about his LIVE podcast, Deuces Wild, his co-host Adam…a Falcons fan…and how this next couple weeks will test their bromance. Also they talk upcoming SB51 with Alex as well as get some understanding of where Chris Hogan has come from. Plus the gossip behind Olivia Munn vs the Rodgers family and farewell to Chris “Boomer” Berman on NFL Countdown. Of course more #ArmsOfTheNFL and more!!!

Girl Chat Sports Episode 38: Alex Washington

Make sure you catch their show on Podomatic, Youtube and follow their social sites on Twitter and Instagram.

Girl Chat Sports – Episode 36

Posted in Basketball, Football, Girl Chat Sports, Hockey, NCAA, NFL, NHL, Podcast, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2017 by A-Train

640x640_11899227Have you checked out the latest edition of @GirlChatSports?

Their special guest is Reggie Watkins…they learn about his podcast FranchiseSportz “with a Z”, congratulate him on his new engagement and get his take on prenups. They also talk recap the College Football Playoff championship and Odell Beckham, Jr. and his recent antics as well as the Miami trip and touch on “What would Reggie Do?”

The ladies also discuss some men’s and women’s college hoops, and Melissa circles back to Seattle every chance she gets, while Steph is adamant about her Cowboys coming out on top of Aaron Rodgers & the Pack, and brings BREAKING NEWS about the Raiders and Las Vegas!! Melissa also makes a plea to Ref Ed Hochuli (#RefArmsOfTheNFL) to perhaps date her mom, she’s single & loves football!!! Plus #ArmsOfTheNFL and more “Ahhhhhh” moments.

Click the link below and check out the episode.

GirlChatSports Episode 36

Female College Athletes Can Transition Smoother

Posted in Basketball, NCAA, Special, Sports on April 9, 2016 by angielewis50

KIMG0083Recently I have been contacted by many collegiate athletes on the verge of graduation seeking guidance about the next step in their life. Some want to hoop overseas, others are looking for a  career in college administration, while others simply are trying to find a job. All of the inquires have been unexpected, but they serve as a nostalgic moment that causes me to reminisce on the time when I was in their shoes.

I will never forget the day of graduation standing in my apartment on campus looking in the mirror at myself with my cap and gown on. I knew college was over, but I didn’t know for certain what was next. My goal was to hoop overseas after I came to the harsh realization that I wasn’t going to the get drafted to play in WNBA. Upon graduation people would ask, “What are you doing now?” “Where will you work?” My response was short, confident and stern, “I going to play overseas.”

That answer would ensue another onslaught of questions that usually started like this “Oh thats great. What country are you going to? When will you leave? How long will you be there? Do you know any foregone languages? How much money will you make?” They would go on and on and on. My answer again was short, confident and stern, “I don’t know”.

I didn’t have the answers, but I had faith coupled with a few good connections and an above average college basketball career. My coach knew someone who knew an agent in Germany and I received a contract to play. I was elated to travel the world at 21 years old and as I look back there is so much I wish I would have known.

This reflection coupled with the gentle nudge from the recent inquires have thrusted me into action down a path I am not sure where it will lead. All I know is that I want the young women coming behind me to be wiser, more equipped and have access to a broader network than I had which will lead them creating the life they desire. Growing up no one ever told me that at various stages in life you will have this opportunity to speak to your younger self who will cross your path in the form of others.

So, for these young women I will provide a few nuggets of advice as they seek to transition to the next phase in their life with confidence and clarity.

1.Decide what your want to learn next. Make your career decisions based on your natural curiosity. Maybe you’re interested in technology such as IoT, health and fitness, sports marketing etc. To stay competitive you always have to learn something new.

2. Connect with your alumni organization at your college or university. There are plenty of people with pride for your university waiting to help you. Ask to speak to the leader and find out how you can get involved in their initiatives.

3. Find a non profit whose mission you believe in and ask to serve on the board. When you help others without asking for anything in return you will be surprised what doors open. Most non profits are looking for young people with a lot of energy, who are passionate and smart to help their organizations.

Remember that life will take you on a few unexpected turns, but keep your big vision in mind. Being an athlete has prepared you in ways you may not recognize just yet. Use these simple steps as a starting point and feel free to reach out to me at athleteseducate@gmail.com.

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