Super sophomore, Georgetown’s Otto Porter, is one of the nation’s most talented players. During the first month of the NCAA basketball season, Porter has led his previously unranked Hoyas to a #15-ranking in the latest polls. Porter has played at an elite level to contribute to Georgetown’s early success as well as open some NBA scout’s eyes.
There were very high expectations for Porter this year, being named to the Preseason All Big-East Team. The Missouri native showed great potential during the last few months of his freshman season and finished averaging 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Coach John Thompson III said this about Porter, “I’ve said many times that he was the most prepared freshman I’ve had,” he told USA Today.
At 6’8, athletic, and with a 7’1 wingspan, Porter is one of the most versatile players not only in the Big East, but in the country. One great thing about him is that he doesn’t play like an underclassmen, he has a very advanced skill set like an experienced veteran. He has a great all-around game and is a key contributor to both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Porter is averaging 12.9 points per game while dishing out 3.2 assists and shooting 51% from the field. Defensively, Porter excels getting 2.2 steals per game and 1.6 blocks. He also is second on the team with 7.1 rebounds per game. Porter fills the stat sheet but does not have numbers that will “blow your mind” because he plays with great poise, within the offense, and does not force shots.
Porter’s breakout game and Georgetown’s “coming out party” was at the Legends Classic at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY in late November. Georgetown defeated the then #13 seeded UCLA Bruins behind Porter’s great effort of 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. A day later, Georgetown surprised the top team in the nation, Indiana, by forcing the game into overtime. Porter scored Georgetown’s last five points to force overtime and finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Now, Georgetown is playing like one of the best teams in the country and Porter is coming off career-highs of 22 points and seven assists during their lopsided win against Longwood on Tuesday.
Georgetown has surprised many people early this year and Porter is proving that he’s another great Georgetown player to continue the tremendous history of the program. The Hoyas will be among the Big East’s elite and Porter’s NBA Draft stock will be very high as the year goes on.
John Cavaliere is a Big East Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.