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Dominique Hawkins posts ninth-highest vertical of all time at 45 inches

That. Just. Happened.

You thought Hamidou Diallo’s 44.5-inch vertical at the NBA Combine was impressive? Former Kentucky Wildcat Dominique Hawkins just beat it.

The 6’1 guard out of Richmond, KY posted a 45-inch vertical this afternoon, good for the highest of all NBA prospects this season. For comparison’s sake, Diallo’s vertical was considered the second best in NBA Combine history.

Watch the insane feat below:

At 45 inches, only eight other players in NBA history have posted higher verticals.

Wilt Chamberlain, Darrell Griffith, Michael Jordan, Zach LaVine, Jason Richardson, James White, D.J. Stephens, Spud Webb, Dominque Hawkins.

Hawkins has already worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Indiana Pacers, but interest is high from several other teams throughout the league.

The former Wildcat is set to host a Pro Day tomorrow where he will workout for a number of NBA teams interested in the former Kentucky defensive specialist. With evidence of his historic vertical out for the world to see, expect to see scouts flock to the event to see what the former Wildcat is all about.

It was also reported a few weeks ago that the Dallas Cowboys invaded Hawkins’ workout with the Lakers with interest of bringing him in for a shot to play in the NFL.

Of all the draft-eligible Wildcats this season, who would’ve thought it would be Hawkins drawing the major headlines?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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15 Comments for Dominique Hawkins posts ninth-highest vertical of all time at 45 inches



  1. KYcats11
    10:03 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    H.O.L.Y. S.H.I.T



  2. CatBlue in LR
    10:48 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’m sure you’ve done your research, but I’m having a hard time believing Wilt Chamberlain had one of the top verticals of all time. He out- jumped everybody because he was 7-2 with a huge wingspan, but I don’t think he got off the floor 45 inches. I could be wrong, I guess.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      10:53 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

      Old footage has him blocking shots at the top of the backboard, freak athlete. Read 48-inch vertical from a few different sources. Supposedly the highest vertical of all time.



    • TBW3011
      8:39 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

      Wilt was a crazy athlete. I’m still not buying the vertical as legit though. Not a chance. If his feet were 4 FEET off the ground that puts his head more than a foot above the rim. No way.



    • Not Dan Issel
      5:41 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

      Wilt was the Big Eight high jump champion every year that he played for Kansas. He also had impressive times in the 100 and 200 yard dashes. Wilt was an amazing athlete.



  3. Loganville Cat
    10:55 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    Go Hawk!



  4. ClutchCargo
    12:43 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    Dear KSR: please learn the difference between max vertical and vertical. Thank you.



  5. MasterBurglar
    5:15 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    The Hawk has taken flight!



  6. bosshogg24
    7:18 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    Why was his vertical never mentioned at UK and why didn’t he show it in four years time?



    • satcheluk
      8:34 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

      I guess you weren’t watching. He showed it if a number of times.



  7. satcheluk
    8:33 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    He high!



  8. BobNWeaver
    10:56 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    Some say: “What is wrong with Cal for not building the team around Hawkins and his athleticism?”

    Others say: “Cal deserves credit for helping Hawkins develop his overall game to a level that is NBA potential.”

    I am definitely in the Cheers for Cal camp!



  9. BobNWeaver
    10:57 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    Cal Haters say: “What is wrong with Cal for not building the team around Hawkins and his athleticism?”

    Most UK fans say: “Cal deserves credit for helping Hawkins develop his overall game to a level that is NBA potential.”



  10. The Frizz
    1:18 pm June 3, 2017 Permalink

    I hope that Diallo can live up to the standard of the elite athleticism shown by Hawkins in his freshman year: 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg. If we get four years of Hawkins wrapped up in one year of Diallo, Hawkins 4.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, and 1.7 apg will be the standard for the freakish, elite athleticism of Diallo.