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Prep Basketball Rankings: No.11 Bobby Portis

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Forget what you know - Bobby Portis will turn heads at Arkansas next season.

He won’t get head height and throw it down on another big man. He won’t light it up from outside either, but Portis is versatile and talented and could end up being one of the greatest recruits in Razorbacks history.

Portis is a 6’9½ power forward with a 7’0 wingspan who will even be able to play some minutes at center in college. He’ll be deadly in the pick and roll; although his jump shot is a little odd (his release is similar, but slower, to Kevin Martin’s) it’s effective, and it’s not his only weapon. He resembles a scoring guard in some respects in the way he operates out of the high post, using fakes and jabs to create enough space to get off a midrange jumper or layup.

Portis is quite adept in post-up and face-up situations, and will often deploy a soft hook he can nail at a good distance. He’s also competitive and has a good overall feel for the game.

What he lacks in athleticism, Portis makes up for in effort. He’s far from explosive and doesn’t jump out of the gym, but he runs both ends of the court hard. He could afford to put on a bit more size in the upper body and work on his rebounding,and it remains to be seen just how great his upside actually is, but overall Portis is an excellent prospect and one you will definately hear about in time.

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