This is one of my favorite parts of the draft. Because when they start to measure these guys, you start to see what size they actually are and that goes a long way toward trying to grab a sleeper. Here's the link:
Of particular note are a few of guys mentioned as possible picks for us, Jarvis Varnado and Art Parakhouski. Note, Art is just a shade under 7 feet. But Varnado measured well at 6'10" in shoes. And more importantly, they have identical standing reaches.
I think that the standing reach is the true measure of a guy's height. I mean, who cares where a guy's head is, right? The only thing that matters is how high their hands go.
Wingspan is important too, particularly defensively, I suppose, but I think it's overrated. Without control and quickness, what good are those long arms. But Varnado no doubt has control of his appendages.
In the second round, it's fun to look for centers that are 6'9" but have the standing reach of a 7 foot guy. Or power forwards that are 6'6" or 6' 7" but have the standing reach of a 6' 9" guy. You get the idea. Often, a couple of inches is the difference between a lottery pick and an early second rounder, but those couple of inches often don't make much of a difference on the court.
They haven't done the leaping stuff, which is also important, but not as much as the standing reach, in my opinion. Stay tuned. One thing I also like to look at is quickness. DWTDD isn't much of a leaper but he out quicked and out muscled every other pg prospect in the combine last year.