The average vertical leap for an NCAA basketball player is 30 inches. Olympic champion and former NCAA swimming-star, Caeleb Dressel, tops out at 41 inches. See how he compares to famous basketball players known for their vertical leaps.
- Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets – 33.5
- Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers – 35
- Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers – 40
- Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks (retired) – 42
- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls (retired) – 46
Per this article, Jordan’s 46-inch vertical is tied for the best in NBA history with Zach LeVine and James White, while Dressel’s 41 would rank in a tie for 12th with Isaiah Rider and O.J. Mayo.
Check out this video of a few times Dressel has shown off his insane vertical prior to racing via ZHL Swimming on YouTube:
This ability has helped Dressel develop the most explosive start in the world, instantly giving him a lead over his competitors.
Particularly crucial in short course swimming, Dressel’s start has helped him set NCAA, U.S. Open and American Records in the SCY 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke (which has since been broken), 100 butterfly and 200 IM, not to mention the world record in the SCM 50 free.
In long course, he owns the world record in the 100 fly, while also holding the distinction of being the fastest swimmer of all-time in a textile suit in both the 50 and 100 free.
Part of this story appeared in the 2017 College edition of SwimSwam Magazine.