The NBA Combine athletic testing results are in and DraftExpress has the best and worst in each category with a few local players of interest making a favorable impression.
Former Purdue and Franklin Central star JaJuan Johnson showing up in the top ten of the draft prospects who worked out in Standing Vertical Jump (3rd at 33.5 in.) and Max Vertical Jump (10th at 38 in.). At 6'10", Johnson was the tallest player on these lists. Surprisingly, he also showed up in the top ten for Bench Press (9th with 15 reps of 185 pounds) and 3/4 Court Sprint (9th at 3.14 seconds).
Former Butler star, Shelvin Mack also showed he brings some athleticism to table showing up in the top ten in Standing Vertical Jump (Tied for 7th at 32 in.), Max Vertical Jump (Tied for 6th at 39 in.) and Bench Press (Tied for 3rd with 18 reps).
Former Purdue guard, E'Twaun Moore joined Mack in the group tied for 7th in the Standing Vertical Jump but also made the five worst list for putting up zero reps in the bench press. Of course, Moore's bench press number raises the disclaimer that these numbers don't determine future success since Kevin Durant couldn't bench 185 pounds in this same test during his draft year.
But for guys like Mack and Johnson who are both projected in most mocks to fall somewhere in the late first round to the middle of second round of the draft, their effort at the combine will surely catch the eye of team player evaluators to give them a closer look.
For JaJuan Johnson, the Indiana Pacers are that team today as he will work out for his home town team at Conseco Fieldhouse.