Highest Vertical Jump Ever Recorded – With Video!

by Patrick

in Vertical Jump

Hey guys,

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!

  • Ryan Moody

    Simply wanted to say thanks for the shout out! And give you an update on my current record pursuits. I currently hold 4 World Records. Just set and broke the running box jump record at 68.5″, and broke the record for most 50″ box jumps in one minute, at 17. Thanks again for the shout out…keep doing what youre doing!

  • Patrick

    Hey Ryan,

    Very cool to have you post on my site! Can’t say I’ve had that happen before. ha! Those are some really impressive numbers you’re putting up! I’m going to be getting back into training pretty hardcore this summer and I’ll be working on my vertical a bit. I’ve been sitting on my butt for way too long…mainly because of school/work.

    Anyway, keep up the good work and let me know if you have any new updates.


  • SAM

    Michael Jordan owns the highest vertical in the NBA at 48″ and in practice it was undocumented at 53″ during the 84 olympics. Jordan also combined high vertical with incredible speed he ran 4.5 vs Deon Sanders and beat him in that race also in the 40 or 50 …here’s the source…

  • Patrick

    Cool, thanks for the info, Sam. Awesome slideshow on the page. I recommend that other people check it out if you happen to read these comments. I’ll post the link up a little higher on the page soon as well.

  • I’m sorry, but those verticals are unverified and Kadour’s is especially false. How does it look 60 inches? That’s five feet. Since he’s 5′ 10″, his head should be way over the rim. I went over this in detail on one of my posts:

  • Patrick

    Hey Justin,

    I’ve had the same question about Kadour’s vertical. Not sure how accurate any of those numbers are. I’m just reporting what I’ve been told. Hopefully they’re not too far off. Leonel Marshall’s vert is also taken from reports I’ve seen around the net. The only one that I know is verified is Ryan Moody’s, but that’s more a box jump number. If you have verified numbers let me know.

    – Patrick

  • James

    Hey Ryan think you such check out Spud Webb ,  a very small 5’7″s with a 43″ vertical 1986 NBA Dunk Champ.

  • Patrick

    Hey James,

    Thanks very much for the heads up. I’ll definitely add some info on Spud Webb. He’s one of my favorite players of all time. Not sure how I forgot to add him to this page.

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