Out of all the players who will need to step up in the Big East this year, no one may be counted on more than Otto Porter. The Georgetown sophomore showed a great amount of talent and poise last season, and he looks to develop into a star this coming year.
Despite being very raw, Porter has the skills to really carry his team, and that’s something they will need as they lose Jason Clark and Henry Sims. Last season, Porter averaged 9.5 points and 6.7 rebounds, but stepped it up to nearly 15 points and over 7 rebounds in the Big East and NCAA tournament.
The half court offense is where Porter truly excels. He has a solid mid range shot and is strong around the basket. His passing skills are respectable, but what really stands out is his offensive rebounding. Despite still needing to bulk up, Porter cleans the offensive glass fairly well for a 6’8″ small forward.
Still, there is plenty of room for improvement. Porter shot a putrid 23% from downtown last year and he struggles to create his own shot. Having talented and experienced teammates around him certainly helped, but he will have to be the man this year. Porter also needs to get better on defense. He’s smart and has nice length, but has to improve his quickness.
The Hoyas were a surprise team last sure and despite not making it to the Sweet Sixteen, had a very successful season. This year, Porter and Hollis Thompson will need to carry the load and try to once again help Georgetown shock the country.
Only time will tell Porter can complete his game or if he’ll stay a role player. But we do know that the Hoyas desperately need him.