Former Wyoming men’s basketball player (kind of sounds weird to read that, doesn’t it) Larry Nance Jr. is currently at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and will be there through the weekend.
Larry Nance Jr.
Similar to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, players go through a wide range of sport-specific tests. With the NBA Draft Combine, players also will play games for scouts and NBA team officials to watch, and interviews will be held.
Here are some of Nance’s specifics:
Height without shoes: 6-7 1/2
Height with shoes: 6-8 1/2
Body fat percentage: 6.4
Hand length: 9.0 inches
Hand width: 9.75 inches
Standing reach: 9 feet
Wingspan: 7-feet, 1.5 inches
Lane agility time: 10.89 seconds
Shuttle run: 3.01 seconds
3/4-court sprint: 3.25 seconds
Standing vertical jump: 29 inches
Maximum vertical jump: 37.5 inches. That tied for the best jump among all power forwards at the combine.
Here’s the link to all the measurables for all the players at this year’s NBA Draft Combine:
Nance played in the Combine’s first 5-on-5 game Thursday afternoon, and finished with eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in 21 minutes. He was 3 of 6 from the field and had five offensive rebounds. Nance was 2 of 7 from the free-throw line, which is uncharacteristic of him as he was well over a 70 percent free-throw shooter at UW.
Friday, Nance had four points, seven rebounds (four offensive), four turnovers and three fouls. He was 2 of 5 from the field.
Nance received some high praise from the broadcast team from ESPN2 during Thursday’s game. Friday, ESPN’s Fran Frachilla said he thinks Nance will be drafted in the second round, but may spend some time in the NBA’s Developmental League..
Nance will not be with four of his senior teammates in Laramie this weekend for graduation ceremonies. However, UW sent this picture of those guys along with coach Larry Shyatt.
From left to right, Jack Bentz, Charles Hankerson Jr., Derek Cooke Jr., Larry Nance Jr. and Riley Grabau pose with coach Larry Shyatt as all five Wyoming men’s basketball seniors will receive their degrees this weekend. Photo from UW.