Jumping as high as possible is not an Olympic event like the one hundred-meter sprint, and there are not any world contests that pit the best jumpers of the world against one another. As a consequence, there are not any official records from sports committees or federations.

But, we can rely on the NBA and NFL Combine draft for getting a ballpark figure. After all, these comprise a few of the most capable athletes in the world. We are gonna compare records for the platform jump (explained later), the running jump (with a run-up), and the standing vertical jump (from standstill).

Running Vertical: 50+″ (NFL) 44.5″ (NBA)

While the standing jump calculates pure explosiveness, the running jump is more significant in an actual football or basketball game. A running jump engages a run-up before jumping, which will append energy for producing an even greater leap.

The better the running leap technique, the more energy you can actually append to the jump in your approach. The NFL Combine doesn’t gauge the running vert. It is safe to bet they would be much more impressive than those of the NBA draft since the highest standing jump by them is better than the highest running jump by the NBA draft!

NBA Draft Records:

  • Most recent: Pat Connaughton (2015) – 44.0″
  • All-time: Kenny Gregory (2001) – 44.5″

Note that the run-up is actually limited to some steps. The players can leap even higher if they are doing a half-court run-up like the wild dunks you see on television.


When we glance at the NBA combine, we figure out that the running vert of a player is typically between four to nine inches higher than the standing vert. Given the top NFL players have a 46″ standing vertical, 50-54″ is in the realm of possibility.

Standing Vertical: 38″ (NBA) 46″ (NFL)

It’s the most significant jump statistic utilized by the NFL and NBA. If you are working on developing your jump, it’s what you ought to be measuring for tracking progress; you can even learn how you can do so at home. In other terms, it is where you stand in a position and reach as high as possible and compare that number to the standing reach. Back in the 2015 NFL Combine, Bryon Jones showed off his 44.5-inch standing vert.

He is considered the best jumper in the history of the NFL Combine, but because of his 147″ broad jump and not the vertical.

NBA Draft Records:

  • All-time: 38.0″ – Justin Anderson (2015), Dwayne Mitchell (2012)
  • Recent: 37.5″ – Demetrius Jackson (2016), Joel Bolomboy (2016)

NFL Combine Records:

  • All-time: 46.0″ – Gerald Sensabaugh (2005)
  • Recent: 45.0″ – Donald Washington (2009), Chris Conley (2015)

Why Do NFL Players Jump Higher?

Astonished? Dunking and basketball are all about such crazy hops. Then, why are the participants of the NFL combine jumping some eight inches higher than the ones from the NBA? Here are the reasons:

  • Basketball players do not actually have to jump that high: The rim is always ten feet high. With a 33 to 34-inch standing vert, you can actually dunk from a standstill at six feet tall. The majority of dunks actually have a run-up, which denotes you can jump higher anyway. Lastly, very tall players (many in the NBA) do not stand for gaining as much from a fantastic jump.
  • Football players coach for explosiveness. Basketball players undergo four quarters of twelve-minute, intense play, so they have to train for stamina. By contrast, the focal point for football players is explosive activity bursts. Explosive statistics like the twenty-yard shuttle, forty-yard dash and vert jump are therefore important for the NFL player.

Training programs such as Vert Shock are created for maximizing the vertical of a player by training the fast-twitch muscle fibers.

Platform Vertical Jump: Evan Ungar 63.5″

In this jump, the individual needs to leap onto the platform from a standing spot. The objective here is not to get the hand as high up in the air as you can but maximize the space between your feet and the surface.

The cause this number will always be higher than any running or standing vertical leap is because you tuck the legs in during the jump. Evan Ungar from Canada back in 2016 set the Guinness World Record of the highest vertical leap at 63.5 inches. The previous record of sixty inches was actually held by Justin Bethel.

Unofficial Records:

The Guinness book of world records does not always hold the real record since they need to go out and check it for themselves. A few individuals have set even higher unofficial records.

What About Kadour Ziani?

This guy is a 5’11 Slam Nation dunker who a lot of individuals believe has set the highest leap record in the world at sixty inches. However, it hasn’t been verified officially, so it is fair to give Evan Ungar the official world record and Kevin Bania the unofficial record at 65 inches.


  • There are three types of vertical jump that are typically tested: Running, Standing, and Platform.
  • It is hard to recognize the world record holder for running and standing as there’s no official competition such as the Olympics where participants compete in an activity.
  • Contrary to well-liked belief, NBA players are not the finest in the business. In fact, NFL players can jump much higher than them because of their training’s explosive nature.


Let’s not get too anxious about who holds which record. From all the information available, we can get a close idea of what’s humanly possible.

  • Running Vertical: When we glance at the NBA combine, we discover that the running vert of a player is anywhere between four to nine inches higher than the standing vert. Given the top NFL players have a standing vertical of 45 to 46 inches, we can simply see them getting around 50 to 52 inches with a run-up.
  • Standing Vertical: The NFL players are among the most genetically talented individuals on earth, but they do not train completely for the vertical jump. So the standing vert of 47 to 48 inches isn’t totally unrealistic.
  • Platform Jump: We have seen individuals do 60 to 65 inches and such individuals are pretty serious about leaping, so that’s very close to the hypothetical limit.

Obviously, we mere humans are almost certainly never gonna see such heights. However, it is totally pointless. We have a moderately pathetic running vertical of thirty-four inches, and it does not stop us from dunking at six feet!