On Wednesday, the Memphis Tigers hosted a pro day at their practice facility and gave NBA teams the opportunity to scout the likes of Emoni Bates, Jalen Duren and several other players.
Bates and Duren were the center of attention during the event as they were both top-five recruits coming into the season, and will eventually be high draft picks. Teams had the chance to see how each player measured in, from wingspans to vertical jumps.
Unfortunately, Bates recorded some rather underwhelming measurements.
Bates weighed in at 190 pounds, while he measured in at 6-foot-9 in shoes. He recorded a negative wingspan at 6-foot-7.25 inches, a surprisingly short mark considering his height. His vertical jump of 24.5 inches also didn’t stand out amongst his peers.
On the other hand, Duren measured in at 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5.25 wingspan. He also cleared 30.5 inches on his vertical jump and 37 inches on the approach vertical jump, both impressive marks considering his 250-pound frame.
Emoni Bates measurements from the Memphis Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/T2csW4jrpc
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The players also had the opportunity to take part in shooting drills and scrimmages. The open practice gave players the chance to showcase their skillsets in front of scouts and executives from every NBA team ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The disappointing measurements by Bates likely will be taken with a grain of salt as he still has ample time to improve across the board. He is considered perhaps the top high school prospect in over a decade and has often been compared to Kevin Durant.
Bates will not be eligible for the NBA draft until 2023.