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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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The 2021 NBA draft combine began in earnest Tuesday in Chicago. It was mostly a measurements day — both in physical characteristics and agility. More players participated in the former than the latter, including Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu. 

Dosunmu checked in at 6-foot-3 1/2 without shoes because that's still something that is measured. Since basketball is played with shoes on, Dosunmu also measured in at 6-5 with them on and weighed in at 194.4 pounds with a 4.9 percent body fat percentage. Dosunmu's hands were also 8 1/2 inches long and 8 3/4 inches wide. His standing reach was 8-0 1/2, and his wingspan measured 6-10 1/4.

OK. What does all that mean? What's important. The 6-5 in shoes makes a difference. Dosunmu is listed as a shooting guard in the draft combine anthrometric statistics, but he'll likely play more of a combo guard role once he hits the league. Standing 6-5 with a 6-10 1/4 wingspan is legit. His body fat percentage was also the 11th lowest out of the 61 players that were tested. Given his time with Adam Fletcher ... that shouldn't be a surprise. 

Here's a few others that stood out in the anthrometric testing portion of the day:

  • Longest wingspan measured went to Utah State center Neemias Queta at 7-4. He was also the tallest player measured at the combine at 7-0 1/2 and had the highest standing reach at 9-4 1/2. 
  • Somehow Dosunmu's standing reach dropped from 8-6 at the 2018 USA Basketball U18 Training Camp to 8-0 1/2 despite getting an inch taller (in shoes) and his arms growing more than 2 inches. Weird.
  • Biggest hands went to Duke's Jalen Johnson at 9 3/4 inches long and 10 1/2 inches wide. He surely has no trouble palming a basketball.
  • The shortest player measured was Oral Roberts' guard Max Abmas, who checked in at 5-11 3/4 in shoes with a 6-1 3/4 wingspan. Not ideal.
  • The guards with the biggest difference between height and wingspan were Florida State's Scottie Barnes (6-8 in shoes with a 7-2 3/4 wingspan) and Arkansas' Moses Moody (6-6 in shoes with a 7-0 3/4 wingspan). 

Dosunmu did not participate in any agility testing Tuesday. Here are a few players that stood out from the smaller number that got measured:

  • Best leaper of the day was Jericho Sims. The Texas forward hit a max vertical of 44 1/2 inches and also had the best standing vertical at 37 inches.
  • Coming in at No. 2 in max vertical behind Sims and tied with Florida guard Scottie Lewis was Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp, who's apparently not just a shooter. The Hawkeyes' guard hit 42 inches on his max vertical, and he Sims and Lewis were the only three players to break the 40-inch mark.
  • Lewis showed of the other part of his agility by posting the best times in lane agility (10.45 seconds) and three-quarter sprint (2.98 seconds). Only Texas forward Greg Brown III had a faster shuttle runs at 2.98 seconds to Lewis' 3.04 seconds.

Scott Richey covers college basketball for The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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