Height: 6’4.5” (I’ll take every half inch I can get!)
Weight: 208-212 with workout clothes and shoes, probably 205 in shorts in the morning pre-breakfast
Weightlifting experience: 5.5 years mostly powerlifting movements, some bodybuilding, only very recently turning the focus to speed
Basketball skills: Decent. Shooting under pressure needs work. Can be developed to the level I need. I can handle that, it’s athletic ability I need help with. Specialize in one or two dribble power moves to the basketball from the baseline. Love to dunk. Used to be way too tentative about it. Need to be more aggressive taking it to the hoop for a dunk.
Parallel box squat: 355
High pull: 225x5
Overhead press: 175 (a past love of mine, but I avoid any unnecessary shoulder stress)
Past injuries/things to work around: Tweaked shoulder (some impingement/inflammation if I overdo it/have learned to make do). Shin splints (gone, but I don’t want them back, ever)
Wingspan: Far from having a basketball friendly Michael Jordan wingspan, I have an average guy wingspan equal to my height 6’4.5” to within half an inch.
Athleticism: Medium high. Still a lot of room for improvement. Especially in lateral quickness and straight line acceleration.
Defense: Good anticipation, but needs to be better to play with the big boys.
Coordination: Severely lacking. I should be capable of a huge number of dunking feats while I’m in the air.
Future: If I was a high school junior or senior, scouts would love me. As it is, I’m going to be a senior at a Division 1 school and I’m going to walk on next season and actually play. This year I tried out and didn’t make it. Lucky for me, next year will be even harder. 2 seasoned transfers and at least 2 of the country’s best recruits will be stuffed in a lineup with a redshirted giant and a team that’s already very athletic and littered with potential. It’s gonna be tough unless I have some extra inches. I can make it without them on skill but being that the NBA is not something I aspire to, it’s not worth it unless I can play the game fearless against guys 4-8” taller than me knowing that whatever they put up, I can swat.
I have my workout logs for the past few months but will summarize them and post the past few along with strength deficit test/different jumping measurements.
Later, if I can borrow a digital recorder, I’ll post a few clips for better analysis.
I am open to all points of view and appreciate advice and ideas about how I can best improve.
Plyo background: Very limited. Yes, I’ll admit I tried jumpsoles for 5-6 weeks last spring. I’m better now. The plyo workout on its own got me to my highest vertical. But then plateaued and gave me wonderful shin splints. I attempted 2 runs at AMT jumps without proper preparation dreaming of extra inches.
I had a rush preparation for tryouts with a Div 1 basketball team and in 2 months played more basketball than I have in the past 3 years. I am proud of myself for how far I came but it wasn’t and I knew it wasn’t quite far enough to do what I wanted to d, which was playing, not being a practice dummy.
Upcoming: A few games of intramural league play after Jan 11th.
Early August: 34.5” on a vertec and I thought I had a good inch left in me
36” 2 foot approach jump with a few steps
Real standing reach (2 hands, no holding back) = 8” even
Static hip flexor stretch
Squat jump = 28”
CMJ = 33”
Sergeant’s jump = 29”
One leg jump estimate = 25”
Approach jump = 33-34” (out of juice/tired)
Sergeant’s jump –easily touched both wrists to the rim -> 31-32”
No static hip flexor stretch
Squat jump = 32.5”
Sergeant’s jump = 32.5”
CMJ = 37.5” *great timing, best reversal on CMJ ever, perfect, I would say highest CMJ ever
2 leg approach jump = exactly the same as CMJ! 37.5”
Notes on measurement: Done from difference between two hand fully outstretched and one hand twist, I can reach 2-3 inches higher with one hand than both – (clearly I also have some shoulder flexibility issues) - I can also reach 6 inches less by locking my lats on a combine test if football was my game