Hoopster Porter Should Not Go Unnoticed

You may have seen his dunks on SportsBeat, Talkin' Sports, or Hot Ticket, but do you know who B.J. Porter is? For starters, he is the 6-foot-4 guard/forward who scored more points than any basketball player in the history of his high school. The talented senior also averaged 22.2 points per game this season as he helped lead Layton Christian Academy to the 1A state title.

B.J. Porter has all the skills that any potential D-I prospect could have. Some say that the fact that he plays basketball at the 1A level pads his stats. Don't tell that to B.J. or to his head coach, Bobby Porter, who is also B.J.'s father. Coach Porter has coached many talented players during his time as a high school coach in Utah and Ohio including NBA champion Ron Harper.

"B.J. is unselfish," said Coach Porter. "He sees the floor very well and he gets everyone on the floor involved. He makes everyone around him better. In his three seasons as a starter, Layton Christian is 66-13 including 32 straight region wins, and now the school's first state title. B.J. has a tremendous will to win, and it drives him and everyone around him."

That will to win was evident when Porter's LCA Eagles won the 2007 state 1A title. Porter was named MVP of the tournament but was not the leading scorer in the title game. Instead, Porter got the ball to his big man, 6-foot-5 Brett Jones who had a game high 23 points.

Porter is a Hall of Fame member of the Five-Star Camp, which is revered as the best basketball camp in the nation. High school players from all over the country participate, including players selected to the McDonalds All-American team. The camp also includes such NBA Stars as Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Porter was also added to the list of "Players to Watch" at the Rumble in the Bronx and the Bo Williams Classic. He has done it everywhere.

At the moment, Porter is considering many offers to play basketball at the next level. University of Portland, Nebraska, Kansas State, Wagner, UVSC and SUU are among the interested programs. When asked about the importance of staying in state, Porter said, "I will highly consider staying in state, but the most important thing is that I want to get a good education."

Porter played AAU ball in the summer with D-I recruits Morgan Grim (Utah) and Nick Martineau (BYU). Grim and Martineau both played at the 5A level, where their performances were widely recognized on local TV news broadcasts and in local newspapers. Porter does not believe that playing for a 1A school makes him any less of a player or D-I prospect.

"Don't look at the size of the school, look at the player," he said. "My will to win can't be measured."

Porter has a good head on his shoulders. Many young men would not react well to playing under the direction of their father, but Porter approaches the situation with a great deal of maturity.

"My dad and I have a great relationship, especially off the court," said B.J. "We talk about a lot of things. Mainly we talk about life."

Porter is a talented basketball player. He can jump, shoot, pass, rebound, but most of all he is a solid individual with a great upbringing and a good perspective on life. Whoever gets B.J. Porter is getting more than a standout basketball player.


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