World Best Vertical Jump Scores
The vertical jump test measures the difference between a jump straight up off both feet, and the reach height. The result is therefore independent of someone's actual height, and can generally be considered how high the feet get off the ground. See a description of the Vertical Jump fitness test.
Top Verified Vertical Jumps
These vertical jump results are taken from combine and draft camp fitness testing and other reliable sources, where the test procedure is known to be a standardized vertical jump technique, and the testing is conducted by qualified sports science staff. These are the best scores as far as we know from each combine, though results from some years are unknown. These are not the top four best jumps, for example there are many more from the NFL testing with jumps over 43".
Standing Vertical Jump (countermovement, no step)
|NFL||46" (117 cm)||Gerald Sensabaugh||(FS), North Carolina in 2005|
|NBA||38.0" (96.5 cm)||Dwayne Mitchell||from 2012|
|NHL||34.0" (86 cm)||Mac Bennett||Hotchkiss School (HIGH-CT), 2009|
|AFL||33.5" (85 cm)||Dean Towers||from 2012 Draft Combine|
Maximum Vertical Jump with run up approach
|NBA||45.5" (115.5 cm)||Kenny Gregory||from 2001|
|AFL||40' (102 cm)||Jared Brennan & Nick Naitanui||from 2002 & 2008|
More Best Vertical Jumps
Many reported vertical jump scores are based on rumors and are from jumps using techniques other than the standard ones as described above. Many of these jumps may have been achieved with a single step or a run up, compared to the usual technique for the standard vertical jump test from a standing position. As the protocol used for many of these scores are not listed, it is difficult to make direct comparisons to the best results listed above. These results are listed out of interest, but should not be taken as fact.
The world record holder for the vertical jump (according to answers.com) is held by Michael Wilson of the Globetrotters, who has a 55" leap (he also once dunked on a 12-foot hoop, which is also a record). Someone else reports that Kadour Ziani, the highest vertical leaper from Slamnation, has a vertical jump of 61" (other reports for top leaps for Kadour range from 56"/142cm upwards). There are some other impressive stats coming from another slam dunking group, Team Flight Brothers, especially Terrell Cournoyea aka TDub, who is just 5'9" tall. He has apparently been seen leaping with his head above the basketball rim, very impressive for his size.
Volleyball player Leonel Marshall reportedly has a 50" (127 cm) vertical leap from standing. He is the star of Men's Cuban National Volleyball team. Search for him on YouTube and you will see some spectacular jumping action of him.
|1||Kadour Ziani||Basketball||60"||from Slamnation, he is 5'10 tall|
|2||Michael Wilson||Basketball||55" (or 51")||Globetrotters|
|3||Reggie Thompson||Basketball||56" (142 cm) *||Jumpsoles|
|6||Robert Martin||Basketball||50"||he was given the nickname "50" because people said he had a 50-inch vertical jump. He is 6'8" tall and weighs 210 lbs|
|7||Leonel Marshall||Volleyball||50" (127 cm)|
|8||Jameel Pugh||Basketball||50" (127 cm)|
|9||Michael Jordan||Basketball||48" (122 cm)|
|10||Ronnie Fields||Basketball||48" (122 cm)|
|Spudd Webb||Basketball||46"||height, 5 ft 7 in|
On Reggie Thompson's website, it says that he holds the World Record for highest vertical jump at 59" (recorded in the guiness book as 56").
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