D.J. Stephens is not guaranteed to get picked in next month’s NBA draft. Teams might have trouble buying that a 6-foot-5 power forward can survive in the pros, so the senior out of Memphis might have to wait until after the draft to sign somewhere as a rookie free agent.
Stephens reportedly helped his cause in a workout with the Brooklyn Nets, though. He recorded a 46-inch maximum vertical leap, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the highest ever recorded for a prospect.
Here at Brooklyn Nets workout. My favorite @DdotJAY30 is here. Measured with a 46" max vert here. Highest EVER measured by NBA—
Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 22, 2013
Stephens was one of college’s basketball’s must-see dunkers this past season, and not only in games. He showed off his ups by kissing the rim in practice. That skill is completely useless in the NBA, but it’s still really cool.
Check out Stephens kissing the rim in the video below.
Thumbnail via Facebook/D.J. Stephens