Found April 18, 2013 on Run the Floor:

We all want to be tall. When I discovered that my grandfather had played center at Army, despite being "only" 6-4, then I wanted to be at least 6-4. I hung from monkey bars. I stretched my neck while I was eating. I floated in the pool thinking it might make me grow faster. Unfortunately, I topped out at 6-0 in bare feet. With my basketball skill, 6-0 wasn't getting me anywhere. Like everything else in life, people's heights can be graphed with a bell curve, and there are exponentially more young males who are 6-0 tall than there are that are 6-9. So to play college basketball at 6-0, you have to be really really really good. So it goes. What I didn't know at the time is that I was really - in basketball terms - 6-1. Not that that was getting me anywhere either. My high school measured us in our socks, while colleges mostly measure student athletes in their shoes, and basketball shoes add, on average, about an inch. Woohoo! I'm 6-1. But the Portsmouth Invitational (PIT) just happened, which is an event where college seniors get to work out and play games in front of NBA scouts. And NBA scouts aren't interested in accounting shenanigans, they want to understand their product. So they measure players in bare feet. I took these measurements and compared them to what each player's school had them listed. We can assume that anyone with a discrepancy around an inch was still an honest measurement by the college, but it just included shoes. An inch and a half starts to get stretchy. At three inches, we're pretty much in wtf territory. Here is the complete chart, and if you're unfamiliar with some of the players they are listed below according to their school. player college Tyler Brown Illinois State Chris Evans Kent State Stan Okoye VMI Robert Covington Tennessee St Nick Minnerath Detroit Jamal Olasewere LIU Durand Scott Miami A.J. Davis James Madison Carl Hall Wichita State Brock Motum Washington St D.J. Cooper Ohio Travis Releford Kansas Malik Story Nevada Mouphtaou Yarou Villanova Ryan Broekhoff Valparaiso Reginald Buckner Ole Miss Will Clyburn Iowa State Vincent Council Providence Ed Daniel Murray State Dwayne Davis Southern Miss Murphy Holloway Ole Miss Elijah Johnson Kansas Maurice Kemp East Carolina Anthony Marshall UNLV Deshawn Painter ODU Mike Rosario Florida Chase Tapley San Diego St Tony Woods Oregon Khalif Wyatt Temple Damen Bell-Holter Oral Robert Ketih Clanton UCF Kevin Dillard Dayton James Ennis Long Beach St Ramon Galloway La Salle Jamelle Hagins Delaware Jordan Hulls Indiana Aziz N'Diaye Washington D.J. Seeley Fullerton Andrew Smith Butler Elston Turner Texas A&M Scott Wood NC State O.D. Anosike Siena Kenny Boynton Florida Rotnei Clarke Butler Jack Cooley Notre Dame Vander Joaquim Hawaii Ian Clark Belmont Lamont Jones Iona Mark Lyons Arizona D.J. Richardson Illinois E.J. Singler Oregon Devin Booker Clemson Jake Cohen Davidson Brandon Davies BYU Kevin Foster Santa Clara Abdul Gaddy Washington Rodney McGruder K-State Colt Ryan Evansville Dexter Strickland UNC Jared Berggren Wisconsin Kwame Vaughn Fullerton One of the first things that jumps out is the block of three at the top. Illinois State, Kent State and VMI all had players listed three inches taller than they actually are. Last year at the PIT the biggest exaggeration was 2.5 inches. This year there were four players which exceeded that. Just below those four you'll find Detroit's Nick Minnerath (+2.25 inches). At last year's PIT, his teammate Eli Holman was listed at +2.50, which was the biggest discrepancy of the year. Clearly, Detroit needs a new measuring tape. Other notable players who came in at least 2 inches shorter than listed included Durand Scott, Carl Hall, and Brock Motum. At the other end of the spectrum were Jared Berggren (Wisconsin) and Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton) who were only listed a quarter inch taller than they actually are. And since colleges don't list in fractions, for all practical purposes they were listed at their actuall height.

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