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What's the One Thing 2024 NBA Draft Combine Leaders Have in Common?

The NBA Draft Combine underscores the pivotal role of data-driven performance metrics in preparing athletes for high-stakes competitions. But there’s a commonality among the players who performed best during the strength and agility drills this year.

Dalton Knecht attended the NBA Combine after finishing his playing career for the Tennessee Volunteers of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

The prospects at the top of the leaderboards all have a history of working with coaches who make use of data-driven insights. And we’re proud to say that many of the players that fared well during the strength and agility drills come from schools that rely on KINEXON Sports analytics.

Some notable performances include KJ Simpson finishing 1st in the Pro Lane Agility drill, and Tristan Da Silva finishing 2nd in the Shuttle Run. They both played collegiately at Colorado and trained under Steve Englehart.

In fact, 9 of the top 10 in the Pro Lane Agility Drill were players who came from schools that use KINEXON Sports solutions for player tracking. The only player who was in the top 10 that was not is an international player. 

Providence’s Devin Carter also had a great showing, finishing 3rd in the lane agility drill and first in the three-quarter sprint, standing vertical jump, and max vertical jump. 

Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht rounded out the trifecta of KINEXON Sports clients in the top 3 of the lane agility drill and he also finished first in the shuttle run. 

Arizona’s Keshad Johnson joined Devin Carter in a tie at the top of the leaderboard for Max Vertical Leap. 

The statistics support the magnificent work Performance Coaches like Englehart, Jim Krumpos and Dayannara Munoz at Arizona, Garrett Medenwald at Tennessee, and Chase Campbell at Providence are doing, in terms of using data to help prepare players for the next level.

Garrett Medenwald is Tennessee's Director of Men's Basketball Sports Performance

Within the multifaceted realm of basketball, athlete performance is determined by various factors, one of which is external player tracking.”

Garrett Medenwald, Director of Men's Basketball Sports Performance, University of Tennessee

Compiling Data is Important for Coaches and Athletes

Measurements and Data collected at each year's NBA Draft Combine help teams decide what players to draft

It’s important to note that NBA teams and individual players can profit by taking their data from college to underscore their value during the combine and pre-draft workouts, much like a designer who shows off his or her portfolio for new clients. 

Just as KINEXON Sports has helped us train our athletes for college basketball games, it’s been equally as impactful for preparing our athletes for the NBA and NBA Combine,” Englehart said. Wearing the KINEXON sensors allows us to ensure the intensity of our training matches the intensity of the game at the next level. That level of precision and individualization gives our athletes an extra edge.” 

The results also emphasize the significance of continually assessing performance measures. Measure these performance parameters in training or a game without traditional testing setup and continue to measure player personal bests. 

Within the multifaceted realm of basketball, athlete performance is determined by various factors, one of which is external player tracking,” said Medenwald. KINEXON (Sport’s) innovative 3D tracking capabilities empower coaches to decipher the demands inherent in basketball allowing the ability to create the optimal environment for the athlete and team to succeed.” 

Before you check out the results from the 2024 NBA Draft Combine drills, please take a look at our guide that helps explain how basketball coaches use player tracking data. 

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Steve Englehart is the strength and conditioning coach for men's basketball and the director of sports performance for Olympic Sports at the University of Colorado,

Just as KINEXON Sports has helped us train our athletes for college basketball games, it’s been equally as impactful for preparing our athletes for the NBA and NBA Combine.”

Steve Englehart, Director of Sports Performance, University of Colorado

2024 NBA Draft Combine Athletic Drill Leaders

The NBA Draft Combine hosts the top players in the world who hope to make a team in the league to show off their skills.

Lane Agility Time 

1. KJ Simpson (Colorado)10.49 second 

2. Dalton Knecht (Tennessee) 10.56 seconds 

3. Devin Carter (Providence) 10.63 seconds 

Shuttle Run

1. Dalton Knecht (Tennessee) 2.79 seconds 

2. (Tie) Tristan da Silva (Colorado) 2.82 seconds 

2. (Tie) Dillon Jones (Weber State) 2.82 seconds 

Three Quarter Sprint

1. Devin Carter (Providence) 2.87 seconds 

2. (Tie) Reece Beekman (Virginia) 2.94 seconds 

2. (Tie) Jamal Shead (Houston) 2.94 seconds 

Standing Vertical Leap (Tie)

1. Devin Carter (Providence) 35.0 inches 

1. Adem Bona (UCLA) 35.0 inches 

1. Oso Ighodaro (Marquette) 35.0 inches 

Max Vertical Leap (Tie)

1. Devin Carter (Providence) 42.0 inches 

1. Reed Sheppard (Kentucky) 42.0 inches 

1. Keshad Johnson (Arizona) 42.0 inches 

1. Trentyn Flowers Adelaide (Australia) 42.0 inches 

Need additional information? If you have specific questions, you can contact us at any time to get them answered. Or download our guide to learn more about shot tracking and shot load. 

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