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Valdes still awaiting clearance

If you’ve been following the preseason progress of the Hawai’i basketball team, then this should be obvious: a slam-dunk contest won’t be quite the same without Aaron Valdes.

The incoming freshman is still awaiting clearance from the NCAA to become an official member of the Warriors. If Valdes is not cleared by Friday, he will not be allowed to participate in the ‘Ohana Hoopfest, which is scheduled for Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Hoopfest will include an intrasquad scrimmage and a slam-dunk contest. Valdes has a 38-inch vertical jump, and has impressed teammates with his dunking ability during recent open gym sessions.

“I’m actually really excited for it and I hope to get cleared by that time,” he said.

Interestingly enough, Valdes said he has never been in a dunk contest. However, because he has not been able to participate in team and individual workouts, he has had time to practice some dunks.

“I have one, 360 (degrees) off the bounce, windmill,” he said. “And I have one big one that’s going to be off the bar behind the backboard, and I’m going to try to reverse it.”

Whether Valdes is in it or not, he said several of his teammates are also worthy dunkers, namely Garrett Jefferson and Brandon Spearman. “I think it would be a good match between (Jefferson) and Brandon,” Valdes said.


  1. Please Come through NCAA Clearinghouse…
    Next Two Days to make this right in time to not miss start of Official Practices and Ohana Fest…

    Not Said in the video but presumably school/mid-terms going o.k….?
    (The Major Point of High School GPAs and SAT/ACT Test Scores
    is to serve as a predictor of Academic Success in College).

  2. Nice 360 dunks. Dunking from the behind the backboard bar would be quite a sight to behold. But most importantly, I hope he doesn’t miss much practice time and gets cleared asap.

  3. Hang in there Aaron, you will hopefully get cleared soon…if by this Friday better yet. However at least before the season starts!

    Mahalo for your patience!!

  4. valdes probably has a 32-35” vert

  5. They CAN Measure here, pretty accurately….

    NO Estimating Necessary

  6. That is a great slam dunk – again wish I could be there to watch the games and the hoop fest live – make sure you all cheer loudly for Aaron!!!!

    Go Aaron
    Go Warriors (Freshmen)

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  9. No estimating necessary? he said he measured it unofficially

  10. HF, Yeah i think the Trainers actually measured 38 inches
    (so other numbers are bad days or “guesses”;
    more or less “estimates” versus measurements)…

    I’m pretty sure vertical (height/reach & leap) are among the metrics UH Trainers track — i’ve seen the ‘accurate’ measuring tool for vertical leap in UHAD;
    But UH Coaches/Administrators are pretty extreme (versus other Universities) on Privacy Act Compliance …

    1) When it was announced that Aaron was accepted to UH, (~8/28) Dayton noted that:

    “Valdes is expected to add an athletic presence, and battle for playing time at the wing positions. He said his running vertical jump was measured at 38 inches a few weeks ago.”

    (i recognize there WAS another article that “estimated” his vertical;
    but THIS one, quoted above, SAID “measured”)

    2) Now Dayton wrote (above) that: “The Hoopfest will include an intrasquad scrimmage and a slam-dunk contest. Valdes has a 38-inch vertical jump, and has impressed teammates with his dunking ability during recent open gym sessions.The Hoopfest will include an intrasquad scrimmage and a slam-dunk contest. ”

    SO A Little bit of a Stretch (on my part, assuming that they actually used the equipment and actually measured here) but i read it as:

    1) he was measured @ 38″ (before he arrived) and as part of the recent training that he was able to participate in until his NCAA waiver ran out; 2) they also measured it (here) at 38″

    i’ve heard of (other athlete’s) measurements as high as 41/42 ” so don’t consider 38 out of a reasonable range for “our best” vertical leaper….


    WHY do you “estimate”
    (you suggest a “RANGE” of 32-35″
    versus the REPORTED MEASUREMENTS of 38″) that:

    “…valdes probably has a 32-35” vert…”?

    (Just referring to the other article?)


    i’m wondering IF the Trainers can get him significantly Faster And Higher,
    as he already has Fast-Twitch muscles and support tendons from his genetics and previous work, so he already has “aptitude” and “want to”

    OR IF they can get someone else who previously didn’t “know how” to surpass him ….

  11. unofficial as he said himself…38” is already crazy and he ain’t crazy

  12. Hope AARON Gets to PLAY CRAZY SOON!

    i believe Aaron’s was a Running Vertical ….
    I’ve Known players measured @ 38″-plus….(in their prime)
    i had a teammate in basketball who also held National HS High Jump Mark of 6-10 (Whole Body, Yes)
    BEST EVER UH Basketball Player was probably Victor Kelley who stood only 5-5 but could Game Dunk ….he also started for USC before UH…

    Decent Article….. (Sorry Hard to Control Formatting)
    Fitness Testing
    Fitness Testing > Tests > Speed & Power > Vertical Jump > Records

    World Best Vertical Jump Scores

    The vertical jump test measures the difference between a jump straight up off both feet, and the reach height. The result is therefore independent of someone’s actual height, and can generally be considered how high the feet get off the ground. See a description of the Vertical Jump fitness test.

    Top Verified Vertical Jumps

    These vertical jump results are taken from combine and draft camp fitness testing and other reliable sources, where the test procedure is known to be a standardized vertical jump technique, and the testing is conducted by qualified sports science staff. These are the best scores as far as we know from each combine, though results from some years are unknown. These are not the top four best jumps, for example there are many more from the NFL testing with jumps over 43″.

    STANDING Vertical Jump (countermovement, no step)
    combine vertical jump name notes
    NFL 46″ (117 cm) Gerald Sensabaugh (FS), North Carolina in 2005
    NBA 38.0″ (96.5cm) Dwayne Mitchell from 2012
    NHL 34.0″ (86 cm) Mac Bennett Hotchkiss School (HIGH-CT), 2009
    AFL 33.5″ (85 cm) Dean Towers from 2012 Draft Combine

    Maximum Vertical Jump WITH RUN UP approach
    combine vertical jump name notes
    NBA 45.5″(115.5 cm) Kenny Gregory from 2001
    AFL 40′ (102 cm) Jared Brennan & Nick Naitanui from 2002 & 2008

    vertical jumpingMore Best Vertical Jumps

    Many reported vertical jump scores are based on rumors and are from jumps using techniques other than the standard ones as described above. Many of these jumps may have been achieved with a single step or a run up, compared to the usual technique for the standard vertical jump test from a standing position. As the protocol used for many of these scores are not listed, it is difficult to make direct comparisons to the best results listed above. These results are listed out of interest, but should not be taken as fact.

    The world record holder for the vertical jump (according to answers.com) is held by Michael Wilson of the Globetrotters, who has a 55″ leap (he also once dunked on a 12-foot hoop, which is also a record). Someone else reports that Kadour Ziani, the highest vertical leaper from Slamnation, has a vertical jump of 61″ (other reports for top leaps for Kadour range from 56″/142cm upwards). There are some other impressive stats coming from another slam dunking group, Team Flight Brothers, especially Terrell Cournoyea aka TDub, who is just 5’9″ tall. He has apparently been seen leaping with his head above the basketball rim, very impressive for his size.

    Volleyball player Leonel Marshall reportedly has a 50″ (127 cm) vertical leap from standing. He is the star of Men’s Cuban National Volleyball team. Search for him on YouTube and you will see some spectacular jumping action of him.

    Rank Athlete: Sport Vertical notes
    1 Kadour Ziani Basketball 60″ from Slamnation, he is 5’10 tall
    2 Michael Wilson Basketball 55″ (or 51″) Globetrotters
    3 Reggie Thompson Basketball 56″ (142 cm) Jumpsoles
    4 Randy Moss NFL 51″
    5 Henry Bekkering Basketball 50″+
    6 Robert Martin Basketball 50″ was given the nickname “50” because people said he had a 50-inch vertical jump; is 6’8″ tall & weighs 210 lbs
    7 Leonel Marshall Volleyball 50″ (127 cm)
    8 Jameel Pugh Basketball 50″ (127 cm)
    9 Michael Jordan Basketball 48″ (122 cm)
    10 Ronnie Fields Basketball 48″ (122 cm)
    Jamario Moon Basketball 47″ NBA
    Spud Webb Basketball 46″ height, 5 ft 7 in

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