Porter Emerges At Hoopfest

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. -- Otto Porter was the big story over the weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest. The talented forward is a legit high-major prospect that is soon to be ranked nationally.

Over the past year there have been plenty of rumblings about Otto Porter.

However not many people had the opportunity to see the 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward play. On Saturday that changed as Porter and his Silkeston (Mo.) Scott County Central team played in the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Up against a scrappy Graves County squad, Porter did a little of everything on his way to 29 points and 13 rebounds.

"I just try to get everything off the boards," Porter told Scout.com. "I just keep moving inside and find what is open."

Where Porter was the most effective was from mid-range, where he knocked down six 14 to 18-foot jump shots. According to his coach his ability to shoot is something he works on, on a daily basis.

"That's where most of his game is at," Scott County Central coach Kenyon Wright said. "He shoots the ball very well for a big kid. He works on it a lot. He's out there in the gym and it shows. He gets in there as much as he can. He lives in the gym."

At first glance, because of his size, Porter appears to be a low post prospect. But he looked more like a wing forward against Graves County, as he moves extremely well and is capable of attacking off the dribble.

"I see myself as both really," Porter said when asked if he played the small forward or power forward spot.

"He's a good enough kid where he can play anywhere you want him to," Wright said. "Now he's going to have to put some meat on if he wants to play in there with the big boys. But either way he's got to put some meat on his bones."

Porter, who will enter Scout.com's rankings when they are released, only claims scholarship offers from Georgetown and Missouri. SE Missouri State, Kansas, Missouri State and Purdue have also made contact.

To date, Porter has only taken one official visit. His trip was to see Mike Anderson and Missouri.

"I like the way they play and get up and down, he said about Missouri. "They get after it."

While majority of the top prospects in the 2011 class are off the board, Porter said he's going to hold off on making a decision.

"I'm kind of waiting it out until after my senior year," Porter said. "I just want to wait it out."

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