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Bulls rookie Daniel Gafford increased his vertical by almost 5 inches this summer

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Daniel Gafford worked hard to improve his game this offseason, spending two months in South Florida to train. In the process, the Bulls rookie increased his vertical leap by nearly five inches.

In a relatively short period of time, Gafford managed to improve his vertical leap from 31.8 inches to 36.5 inches thanks to all his hard work:

“It shot me through the roof,” Gafford told Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic in a recent interview. “I mean, I was already jumping through the roof. But it shot me a little bit higher than I was expecting. I just used it, and I ran with it. I’ve got a God-given talent, so I just decided to use it.”

The Bulls selected Gafford with the 38th overall pick in this year’s draft. The 21-year-old played his collegiate ball at Arkansas, where he earned First-Team All-SEC honors in 2019. He made 32 appearances with the Razorbacks last season (all starts), racking up averages of 16.9 points on 66.0 percent shooting from the field, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 28.7 minutes per outing.

Gafford was already known for his explosive dunks, especially alley-oops, as well as his shot-blocking ability. Now that his vertical leap has improved even more, he’ll likely be looking to throw down some nasty jams in the coming season.