Portis (6-11, 253), who shined as a prepster at Little Rock Hall, is expected to be early to mid-first round pick in the NBA Draft at the Barlcay Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The SEC Player of the Year is one of the handful of players invited to be on hand for the draft, notes that he is being told his status is on the rise.
“Eight through 17,” Portis told the assembled NBA Media in New York on Wednesday when asked about where he is hearing he will be drafted. "It was 10 through 20, but it’s been moving up a bit. I think I did great in my workouts to put myself in position to get drafted.”
The teams selecting from 8 to 17 are the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets.
Portis said that whichever team decides to draft him will get a driven player.
Made it to NYC safely for the @NBADraft ??Excited for what's to come this week.— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) June 23, 2015
“I bring a sense of urgency to the game,” Portis said. “I play with passion and intensity.”
Asked what type of team he would like to draft him, Portis said an up-tempo offense would fit him best.
Portis, who averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds last season, has added weight and strength since the season ended for the Razorbacks in the NCAA Tournament.
“I've been working on my post-up skills to try and become a dominant player, a versatile big,” Portis said. "I’m trying to get my body stronger, I gained eight pounds since the end of my season, which has been big for me.”
Portis is obviously excited about being on the doorstep of the NBA and being able to help out his mother Tina Edwards, who raised him as a single parent.
“To come from where I came from to get to this point is big,” Portis said Wednesday to the assembled NBA media. “I have worked hard for this moment.”