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How'd Nevada alum Jalen Harris do at the NBA combine? He crushed it

Jalen Harris
Jalen Harris can jump really high. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

While the NBA combine was unlike any before it, the show still went on, and Nevada alum Jalen Harris put on a show.

Rather than being a multiple-day showcase in Chicago like previous years, the combine was held virtually in NBA arenas across the county. Harris was one of 61 players invited to the combine, and while all of the results from event have not been released, Harris excelled in the athletic testing.

Harris checked in at 6-foot-2.75 without shoes (6-foot-4.25 with them) and weighed 193.4 pounds with 4.4 percent body fat. His hand length was one of the shortest in the field (8.25 inches), but he measured a solid 6-7 wing span.

In the athletic testing, Harris showed off record-breaking vertical skills. His standing vertical jump of 37.5 inches was the highest in the 2020 combine and the best in the last four NBA combines. His maximum vertical jump, which includes a running start, was 42.5 inches, the third best in this year's field. For comparison purposes, the best max vertical by a Nevada alum at the NBA combine before this Harris was held by Deonte Burton and Cameron Oliver, who both jumped 39.5 inches.

Harris also posted a lane agility time of 10.59 seconds, the third best at this year's combine. His 2.49-second shuttle run ranked 10th in the field. And his 3.11-second three-quarter-court sprint ranked fifth. In all five of the athletic testing events, Harris finished in the top 10. (Bench press figures were not released.) Harris was the only player in this year's combine to finish top 10 in each athletic event, making him arguably the best athlete in this year's draft.

Harris also marked himself as probably the top athlete in Wolf Pack basketball history, ranking first in max vert and shuttle run, second in three-quarter sprint and third in lane agility time among the 11 Nevada alums who have participated in the NBA draft combine (full results for all of those players here). And if needed further proof Harris could jump high, here it is.

While the NBA draft combine site did not list shooting results this season, Harris made 91 percent of 100 free throw attempts, per ESPN's Jonathan Givony, which ranked 10th among combine invitees. Overall, Harris appears to have posted a strong NBA combine in advance of Wednesday's selections.

Harris' college career started at Louisiana Tech before he transferred to Nevada, where he had only one active season, that coming last year when he was an All-Mountain West first-team selection. Harris averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, including 36.2 percent from three. He made 82.3 percent of his free throws. Harris entered the draft after his junior season of college.

ESPN ranks Harris as the No. 81 player in this year's draft, which includes 60 picks. ESPN did not have Harris on its latest two-round mock draft. NBAdraft.net also doesn't have Harris on its two-round mock draft. The high man on Harris seems to be former NBA agent turned analysis Matt Babcock, who projected Harris to go 40th overall to Memphis.

Harris is scheduled to appear on NSN Daily on Monday before Wednesday's draft night. Here is Babcock's interview talking about Harris on NSN Daily from earlier this year.


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