Porter was with MoKan's 16U team this spring, playing a year above his age group. The EYBL in general was a great experience for the 6'7" wing.
"The EYBL is like all the best players," he said. "It's cool to have the opportunity to play against the best players in the country."
Despite being a year younger than a majority of his competition, Porter embraces the challenge and often is the one doing the damage. He likely projects to MoKan's 17U team next year along with East St. Louis's other 2017 sensation Jeremiah Tilmon.
"It's been a challenge, but I've been playing up my whole life, so i've adapted to it," Porter said. "Plus I think it will be cool to play two years in the 17U EYBL as well."
Porter's skill set makes him an immediate threat on the offensive end. And while he will continue to hone his offensive game, he knows his defense needs work.
"My offense can carry me, but I need to pick up my defense," he said. "That's what I'm working on now. I'm comfortable handling. If they put a big guy on me, I'd get the ball as a point guard and bring it up. I'm comfortable with the ball. I've gotten a lot better with rebounding on the offensive end, too."
The skill Porter already possesses makes him an instant mismatch for his defender. A lengthy 6'7" wing with confidence and handles means Porter can take advantage of his matchups.
"When they put a small guy on me, I can rise up over them," he said, "and big guys usually aren't quick enough to guard me."
Porter may have just wrapped his freshman year, but he already holds an offer list that most seniors would envy. And with 3 more years of high school left, many more are sure to be on the way before too long.
"I have offers from Indiana, Washington, Baylor, Mizzou, Kansas, SMU, and Wichita State," he said. "I'm hearing from Ohio State, Illinois, and a few others. I think Ohio State could be close to offering. Cincinnati could be close too."
Porter admitted that a program's history will play a big role in how he evaluates a certain school. Programs with a rich basketball history will likely have the leg up in his recruitment.
"Tradition is big," Porter said. "I want to go to a team with good tradition. I want to go to a program that's already established. Obviously the coaches matter. I just want to know what the atmosphere is like around the team."
A little known fact is that Porter has actually seen the Illini in person and was right on top of the action. That's just part of his relationship that he is already forming with the Illini.
"I went to their game against Mizzou for the Braggin Rights game and sat courtside," he said. "I just like how they played. One of the coaches came to my high school and saw me too."
Illinois isn't the only school Porter has seen this past year. He also got out to another Big Ten rival and has plans to go see a handful of Big 12 schools soon.
"I visited Indiana this spring," he said. "I was supposed to visit Baylor but I couldn't make it because of school. I have Mizzou and Kansas coming up too."
As for his plans beyond that, Porter hopes to follow in the footsteps of other great young players who have gone on to represent their country on the international stage with USA Basketball.
"I'm eventually trying to get on the USA team," he said. "I've been hearing some about that. I'll be going to quite a few camps too."
Porter has all of the physical tools you look for in a young wing. At 6'8" he has tremendous size and can see over almost any defender thrown at him. The rising sophomore has long arms and a frame to get bigger down the road.
He is smooth with the ball in his hands and can get to the rim with ease. Porter has considerable upside as a scorer with his ability to get to the basket as well as a nice looking perimeter jump shot.
- Scott Burgess