Big jump for ND's Pat Connaughton at NBA Combine


Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

After playing 22 minutes in the first scrimmage of the afternoon and then sitting for 20 more while meeting the media, former Notre Dame swingman Pat Connaughton still had plenty left Thursday to chase NBA Combine testing history.

One of 61 draft hopefuls taking part in the four-day event in Chicago, Connaughton registered a standing vertical leap of 37.5 inches and a step vertical leap of 44 inches, both of which led all projected shooting guards in individual testing. He also registered a position-best 10.74 second time in the lane agility test.

Connaughton’s one-step vertical of 44 inches tied former Miami (Fla.) guard Shane Larkin for second-highest in Combine history.

Only former Kansas swingman Kenny Gregory leapt higher. He went 45.5 inches in 2001.

Connaughton’s one-step vertical leap was the highest at the Combine, while his standing vertical ranked second to only Cliff Alexander of Kansas, who hit 38.0

Connaughton told the Tribune in a text message Thursday night that his highest one-step vertical jump is 45.5 inches.

Connaughton scored six points on 2-of-4 shooting from 3 with two rebounds and a steal in his team’s 80-77 scrimmage. Connaughton successfully defended a late 3-point attempt from former Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright to help his team hold on.

The Combine continues through Saturday. Former Irish guard Jerian Grant also is in Chicago, but is not participating in scrimmages or testing on advice of his agent.

Grant is projected to be a Top 20 pick in next month’s draft. Connaughton hopes to do enough to get into the second round.

He jumped to a good start.

More on Connaughton at the Combine coming in Saturday's Tribune.

Former Notre Dame swingman Pat Connaughton tied for second-best vertical leap in NBA Combine history Thursday when he had a one-step leap of 44 inches.AP File Photo/TONY DEJAK