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Where Daimion Collins’ wingspan ranks in the Calipari Era

On Saturday, Kentucky secured a commitment from 2021 five-star forward Daimion Collins. If you know anything about the 6’10” Texas native so far, it’s probably that Jai Lucas was his lead recruiter and he has really long arms. Like, ridiculously long. Collins told KSR back in October he has a 7’5″ wingspan, which is pretty incredible for an 18-year-old kid who might still be growing.

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How does Collins’ 7’5″ wingspan compare to other players in the John Calipari era at Kentucky? I spent the morning looking up former Cats’ measurements from past NBA Draft Combines (Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t participate in the combine, so I relied on Google for his). Per these numbers, Collins will have the third longest wingspan in the Calipari era, assuming it doesn’t shrink before he gets to Lexington.

  • DeMarcus Cousins – 7’5.75″
  • Anthony Davis – 7’5.5″
  • Daimion Collins – 7’5″*
  • Nick Richards – 7’5*
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – 7’4″*
  • Daniel Orton – 7’4.25″
  • Nerlens Noel – 7’3.75″
  • Willie Cauley-Stein – 7’3″
  • Marcus Lee – 7’3″
  • Bam Adebayo – 7’2.75″
  • Skal Labissiere – 7’2.5″
  • Dontaie Allen – 7’2.5″*
  • PJ Washington – 7’2.5″
  • Terrence Jones – 7’2.25″
  • Dakari Johnson – 7’2″
  • Nate Sestina – 7’2″*
  • Enes Kanter – 7’1.5″
  • Trey Lyles – 7’1.5″
  • Patrick Patterson – 7’1.25″
  • Keion Brooks – 7’1″*
  • Julius Randle – 7’0″
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 7’0″
  • Hamidou Diallo – 6’11.25″

*Non-Combine measurements

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It tough to find reliable numbers for players prior to 2000, but other notable wingspans in Kentucky Basketball history include:

  • Shagari Alleyne – 8’0″
  • Jamaal Magloire – 7’6″
  • Jules Camara – 7’2.25″
  • Tayshaun Prince – 7’2″
  • Tony Delk – 7’2″
  • Rajon Rondo – 6’9″

Remember, Delk and Rondo are both only 6’1″.

Just for fun, here are the longest wingspans in NBA history:

  • Manute Bol – 8’6″
  • Tacko Fall – 8’2.25″
  • Mohamed Bamba – 7’10”
  • Walter Tavares – 7’9″
  • Mouhamed Sene – 7’8.5″
  • Rudy Gobert – 7’8.5″
  • Chris Marcus – 7’8″
  • Zhou Qi – 7’7.75″
  • Jason Jennings, Hassan Whiteside, Bol Bol – 7’7″

I mean this in the nicest way possible, but it’ll be fun to have a freak of nature back on the roster.

UPDATE: Shoutout to the commenters for asking about Nick Richards. We’ve yet to see his numbers from this year’s combine, but his wingspan measured 7’5″ at UK’s Pro Day last fall. I added his numbers in, along with a few others, including Dontaie Allen, who has a wingspan of 7’2.5″, which is pretty impressive for a 6’6″ guard.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Where Daimion Collins’ wingspan ranks in the Calipari Era



  1. UK_fac_boi
    4:09 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Nick Richards?



  2. IrishCat
    4:10 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    The Delk stat is really incredible. To have a wing span a full foot more than your height?!?



  3. IrishCat
    4:12 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Obviously doesn’t have combine numbers yet, but I’m pretty sure Dontaie Allen also has a 7’+ wing span.



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      4:22 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      Good call on Allen and Richards. We don’t have Draft Combine numbers from them, but I found their UK Pro Day numbers from last year and added them.



  4. BigBluSoTru
    5:00 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Just read on NBA draft.net he is ranked number 2 in next years draft they say due to his reach being the longest in BB history . Are we going to be able to hold on to him ?



  5. IrishCat
    5:10 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    The surprise guy on the list, to me, Randle. I always thought his arms seemed short for a basketball player.



    • ClutchCargo
      5:51 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      He’s got fairly wide shoulders, though, which counts just as much as arm length.



    • IrishCat
      6:37 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

      Fair point.



  6. yoshukai
    6:26 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Curious what Sam Bowies would have been .



  7. 4everUKBlue
    8:08 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    This kid needs to put on some serious muscle, his legs are skinnier than Walter McCarty’s and that’s pretty skinny.



  8. TonyMontana
    8:37 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    I would’ve lost money on Cousins having a longer reach than Davis.



  9. Cletis75
    6:24 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    What about Swoop? Or maybe Andre Riddick?