Otto Porter is being talked about as a potential lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Georgetown Hoyas sophomore is looking to build off his first season with the school, which saw him average 9.7ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5apg.
The 6’8” and 205lbs small forward is incredibly long, possessing a 7’1” wingspan that makes him a solid defender. Although not an explosive athlete or someone with blazing speed, Porter has a high basketball I.Q. that lets him read plays as they develop, using his length to pounce into the passing lanes. The length also allows him to be aggressive on the offensive glass, averaging two per game a year ago.
On the offensive side of the ball Porter can score the ball inside of the arc but struggles outside. With an inconsistent shooting technique, Porter shot 22.6% from three point range. Despite his struggles from downtown, he still managed to finish with a field goal percentage of 52.5%. He’ll need to improve his jump shot to be a factor in the NBA but Porter has proven he can put the ball in the basket.
The knock on Porter is he’ll need to get stronger to excel at the next level as he has trouble holding his own in the post. However, scouts believe that as he grows and packs on muscle, it shouldn’t be a concern given his high basketball I.Q. Only turning 19 years old in June, he has plenty of time to get comfortable with his growing body.
Signs suggesting Porter could be a special player come when you look at his performance as a freshman in big games.
Against the #4 Louisville Cardinals on Dec. 28, Porter had 14 points and 14 rebounds in a 71-68 win for the Hoyas. In a 64-61 overtime loss to the #2 Syracuse Orange, Porter finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. On March 3 against #7 Marquette Golden Eagles, Porter had 19 points in a loss then four days later had 20 points and six rebounds in a win against the Pittsburgh Panthers. In the NCAA Tournament he had 16 points and 8 rebounds against the #14 Belmont Bruins and nine points and eight rebounds in a 66-63 loss to the #11 North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Only getting better and more comfortable, it’s no wonder Porter is receiving early consideration as a lottery pick.