CARSON, Calif. - UConn defender Jake Nerwinski participated and excelled in all three performance tests on Saturday at the 2017 MLS Player Combine at the Stubhub Center in Los Angeles.
Nerwinski placed in the top five in the speed test (30-meter dash), agility test (5-10-5 shuttle) and the power test (vertical jump). Out of the 71 players at the combine, Nerwinski was one of just two players to finish in the top five in all the tests.
Nerwinski took the top spot in the speed test, finishing the 30-meter dash in 3.87 seconds. The Lawrenceville, N.J. native tied for second in the vertical jump, logging a jump of 34.5 inches. Lastly, in the shuttle drill Nerwinski ranked fourth with a time of 4.25 seconds.
The MLS SuperDraft begins on Friday, Jan. 13 with rounds 1 and 2 of the draft beginning at 3 p.m at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Rounds 3 and 4 will resume on Tuesday Jan. 17.
The Huskies have had 34 players taken in the MLS draft since the league began in 1997. The Huskies made history in 2015 when Cyle Larin was picked No. 1 overall by Orlando City SC. With the selection, UConn became the first program to have back-to-back first overall picks after Andre Blake was selected with the first pick in 2014.