So I was watching reruns of past NBA dunk contests with guys who have the highest vertical jump I’ve ever seen when I got a little curious. I wanted to find out who has the highest vertical jump ever recorded. The first place I looked was Guinness Book of World Records. It listed a guy named Ryan Moody as having the “highest standing jump on to a platform.”
You can check out the actual Guinness page here. (Update: the Guinness page appears to have been removed for some reason. I’ll try to locate Ryan’s record again). You can also check out a video of him right below this paragraph. However, I really wanted to find some other guys who were demonstrating mad hops by dunking and stuff like that so I grabbed some other videos for you guys. Check them out farther down the page and decide for yourself which of these guys can jump the highest.
Update: Ryan currently holds 4 world records in the vertical jump arena. He recently set a new record for the highest running box jump at 68.5″. He also set a record for the most 50″ box jumps in one minute. He managed to do 17…a very impressive feat!
Highest Vertical Jump Contenders
Ryan Moody Box Jump World Record Holder
Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a standing vertical jump that has been set as a record for the highest standing jump…but all of the guys from here on are INSANE! The first video below is of Leonel Marshall. He is a Cuban professional volleyball player and is said to have a 50 inch vertical.
Leonel Marshall 50 Inch Vertical Jump
This next guy is named Kadour Ziani. He is a professional dunker with Slam Nation and is said to hold the world record in the vertical jump at 60 inches! I haven’t been able to verify this on the Guinness site, but that looks about right just by looking at the video. Check it out.
Kadour Ziani 60 Inch Vertical (Slam Nation)
The next video is actually a compilation of guys that I’ve been following for a while. They’re called Team Flight Brothers and you’ve probably heard about them if you have spent any time looking for dunk videos on YouTube. The video shows these guys doing a bunch of moves that haven’t even been done in the NBA dunk contests yet…at least from what I can remember.
Team Flight Brothers Compilation
This last video is one of my favorite basketball players (thanks to James for reminding me to add him). I’m sure that most of you have heard of this little powerhouse named Spud Webb. Spud was a former NBA basketball player and is most well known for his extreme jumping abilities. He demonstrated his ability to the max during the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest by taking home the title…even while competing against the likes of Dominique Wilkins and Jerome Kersey. He was the shortest person to ever compete in the dunk contest, but he never failed to impress with the dunks he could pull off even at his height.
The following video is footage from the 1986 Dunk Contest. Enjoy!
That’s it for now. If you have any recommendation for other videos to add to this list please mention it in the comments!