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WATCH: Terrence Clarke shows off 60-inch Vertical

Matthew J. Lee | Boston Globe

Matthew J. Lee | Boston Globe

Terrence Clarke does things normal humans should not be able to do.

The future Kentucky Wildcat is one of the best basketball players in America. Before setting foot on campus, he’s working on his game by playing in open runs (the new term we use for ‘open gym’) and working out on the West Coast with his future teammates, Devin Askew and B.J. Boston. Sharing a trainer with Tyrese Maxey, in Clarke’s latest workout the small forward proved he has bounce.

The 6-foot-7 athlete stared down a 60-inch platform. Clarke took two steps then leapt five feet into the air to complete the box jump.

Even he was shocked he jumped that high. “That’s crazy,” Clarke said. “I gotta see that back.”


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Article written by Nick Roush

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9 Comments for WATCH: Terrence Clarke shows off 60-inch Vertical

  1. bowill01
    5:37 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Impressive, but that’s not how verticals are measured.

    • TonyMontana
      6:06 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      This is called a platform vertical jump and its very impressive. In fact the world record used to be 60″ up until a short time ago. Terrence Clarke jumping 60″ is indeed crazy, especially because he cleared it very easily. However, to be official it would have to be a standing vertical jump.

    • mcp157
      6:07 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      This was impressive but hyped by misrepresentation.

    • TonyMontana
      6:07 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Here’s a link to the current record of 63.5″ –

    • TonyMontana
      6:08 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      It’s technically still a “vertical” but I absolutely agree with what you’re saying. I was like, wait that’s not a vertical!

  2. Cats513
    6:04 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    That was cool, but don’t think that’s how verticals work.

  3. You Can Call Me Cal
    10:17 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Yea man that’s not what a vertical is. Very misleading. A 60″ vertical would be INSANE

  4. CatManDo
    7:36 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    True. I believe Jordan was around 45” and Dominique was around 47”. So when I read 60” vertical I was stunned but I realize this is different.

  5. Dildo Baggins
    11:22 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    The writer obviously never played any sports in his life. Pathetic he doesn’t know the difference between a box jump and a vertical. So you don’t look like a jackass I’ll explain. A box jump you just have to get your feet on top of the box so you can bend your knees and pull your feet up while in air to help you clear the obstacle. A true vertical test you hold your hand straight above your head and measure. Then you jump and try and reach as high as you can and measure. The difference is your true vertical. You can pull your knees up if you won’t but it wont help you. What a joke calling this a 60″ vertical