Oregon Moves On Detroit Guard

Tajuan Porter, a 5-foot-7 point guard out of powerhouse Renaissance is headed west to join a former teammate.

The University of Oregon is big in Detroit. No really, the Ducks are big in Detroit. In 2004, Ernie Kent went into the Motor City and stole Malik Hairston. This year, he's back and although he's not leaving with a huge coup he's found his way into Renaissance High School again.

Tajuan Porter, a mighty mite 5-foot-7 point guard, committed to the Ducks this week.

"Oregon made me feel like they wanted me from the start," Porter told Prepspotlight.com. "While some other big schools were trying to figure out they really wanted me, they never wavered. They really did a good job from start to finish."

Porter looked around at Memphis, Tennessee, Cleveland State and Detroit before picking Eugene as his collegiate home. He'll join former Renaissance High teammate Malik Hairston there.

Porter is a long range marksman who has supreme confidence from behind the arc. He's tiny and he's not getting any bigger. So why was Oregon so into recruiting him? Simple answer: they've had small guards in the past and are comfortable with playing them.

James Davis and Aaron Brooks are not big guards by any standard. Kent has shown that he's comfortable rolling out smaller guys, especially if they can make perimeter shots like Porter. Most coaches couldn't get over Porter's size but in Oregon's case they married themselves to the young man and sat back, never wavering when he was out putting up numbers on the AAU circuit.

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