Porter takes interesting path

The class of 2012 had a pair of interesting late risers in the class. While the rise of Otto Porter wasn't as unique as Anthony Davis, it is still the path less traveled.

Things didn't end well this past season for the Georgetown Hoyas. They staggered to the finish line due to injuries, but some of the bad taste left in their mouth went away on Tuesday as Otto Porter pulled the trigger and issued his commitment to the Hoyas.

In a class that features Anthony Davis, who was on no one's radar until May, Porter's story is almost as unique. While Davis had a very late growth spurt that changed his status as a prospect, Porter was always tall, he was just under the radar.

Porter never played AAU ball, and only played high school basketball in the smallest classification in the state of Missouri. Because of that he wasn't a recruit who was really on the radar of too many teams. However the University of Missouri under Mike Anderson did their homework and offered him early, and then this season numerous schools came calling.

One of those schools was Georgetown. The Hoyas got into the picture relatively early, and made an impression on the 6-foot-9 small forward. Though the Hoyas seemed to be fighting an uphill battle against the home state school, but Georgetown assistant coach Robert Kirby kept on working the recruitment and was able to secure an official visit from the kid.

As the year went on, that decision to get involved early began to look better and better. Porter broke out at the Marshall County Hoopfest where he scored 29 points and 13 rebounds. Then a week later at the Best of the Midwest event against Chicago Simeon, Porter was the best player on the floor scoring 20 points and pulling in seven rebounds.

While in high school Porter has a reputation of being a big time rebounder, heck he had 35 in the state championship game alone as a junior, but that probably won't be his bread and butter in college.

Porter is a legit wing who has a big time mid-range game. He can put the ball on the floor very well for a prospect his size, and then also has the ability to knock in shots from deep. His ability to score from all three levels on the floor is what vaulted Porter into the top 50, and will help him rise even more in the rankings.

Georgetown, who has to replace Chris Wright and Austin Freeman, knew they had to have Porter because of that ability to score. Wright and Freeman combined for 42 percent of the Hoyas scoring this season, and without them, only Jason Clark is a legit scoring option on the roster.

Now they have Porter who can really pick up the slack. Also Porter is going to a system where he can really thrive. In John Thompson III's Princeton offense, wings with a great feel for how to play and good size can have a massive impact.

It happened with Jeff Green when he was with the Hoyas, and it very well could happen with Porter. He has that kind of NBA type ability level with his versatility, skill, and desire.

What this does for Georgetown on the national stage is also impressive. This is the third top 100 commitment for the Hoyas and their fifth pledge overall. Porter is clearly the gem of this class, and someone who should vault Georgetown's class into the top 15 in the country.

Also it is a major shot to both Kansas and Missouri. Missouri's new head coach Frank Haith wanted to put an early stamp on his recruiting at the school by locking down Porter, but he never had much of a shot given the other relationships.

Kansas was beginning to get more and more involved as the year went on, and really turned up the heat once Anderson left Missouri for Arkansas. Still even with the allure of being fairly close to home and playing in the Big XII, the Jayhawks couldn't even get a visit from Porter as he pulled the trigger for the Hoyas.

While Porter's story isn't quite as unique as Davis on the national scale, in many ways his situation is just as interesting. While it is definitely the road less traveled, it is a road that the Georgetown Hoyas like quite a bit.

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