Otto Porter Jr. is a grown man among boys. Why the Georgetown Hoyas (15-4, 5-3) don’t dish him the ball every chance they get is hard to understand.
Twenty points against the struggling Pirates, who have lost six of their last seven games, is hardly impressive. In fact that game was over early when coach John Thompson III started rotating in bench warmers in the first half.
What is most impressive about Porter is how he elevates his team and his game every week. With each game he demonstrates why many draft analysts project him as a late lottery pick. At 6-9, Porter has the upper body strength to shake defenders off while moving to the basket. His wide wing-span and quickness also makes him devastating on defense. “When Otto’s at the four (position) he really causes some match-up problems,” said Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard.
Porter has five double-doubles already. He leads the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and is third in assists. He creates turnovers and transitions from defense to offense seamlessly. He’s that dream versatile big-man, who can score from anywhere on the floor.
Anyone who watches Porter regularly knows if he played for other teams he could bag 20-plus points regularly. Perhaps the only thing holding Porter back is Thompson, who runs a modified Princeton offense, not exactly conducive to superstar status.
It’s hard to argue with the success Thompson has had with this offense. But Porter is by far the most talented player on a team lacking in leadership and experience. Maybe it’s time for Thompson to modify that modified Princeton offense. Unleash Porter. Let this man-child be the beast of the Big East.
Merlisa blogs about Big East Conference Basketball. Follow her on Twitter: @merlisa