Before you judge me for even thinking of dropping the squat, please read..
Being a two foot jumper, It seems that I've gained a lot more progress from quad superior exercises, like lunges and leg press.
I'm doing the Jump Manual, the number 1 jump training program on the web. It recommends leg press as a substitute for squats, claiming that "squats work your back better, but the back will be isolated in other exercises.
If I were to completely drop squats for leg press, I'd be deadlifting heavy twice a week with leg curls and calf raises as an addition to my vertical workout. I'm aiming to go from my current vertical (31") to around 42" or 43" by august of this year. I'm in high school so my schedule is kinda busy, and I'll be traveling over the summer and have sports to worry about all year round.
My main reason for dropping the squat though, is because of the unnecessary stress it puts on my body. Don't get me wrong, I love squatting, and I'm not a pussy, but when I'm looking for explosive strength in the lower body, is it really vital that I heavy squat and deadlift twice a week? This is not from a bodybuilding or powerlifting perspective, and I also need to take relative strength into account. When I squat, I gain weight like crazy, stalling my progress. Not to mention, basketball practice after a day of heavy squats sucks.
Let me know what you guys think, is the leg press really as bad as people say it is? Is my reasoning good enough to give up the king of all exercises? I'm a noob so I could use all the help I could get.