At this point, it's probably not accurate to call Otto Porter the best prospect in the Class of 2011 that nobody has ever heard of.
Certainly, recruitniks at least know of the 6-foot-9, 200-pound small forward from Sikeston (MO) Scott County Central High School. One doesn't become a top 50 prospect nationally without at least a little bit of notoriety.
But it is probably fair to say that Porter hasn't earned the level of notoriety that skills like his would typically warrant. That's because rather than play AAU basketball this summer along with the vast majority of elite prospects in the country, the skilled big man chose to stay home and work with his high school team, getting a jump start on another run at a state championship.
In Missouri, teams gets 25 "contact days" during the summer - days in which, in the words of SCC head coach Kenyon Wright, they can essentially do whatever they want.
"He's a team player," Wright said, of Porter. "He's always about what he can do to help the team."
The extra work paid off, as Porter and the Braves brought home their third consecutive Missouri Class 1 state championship.
During the season, Wright said his star player did a little bit of everything for the team. Capable of playing every position except the point at the high school level, Porter has solid handles and a smooth shooting stroke out beyond the three-point line.
"He can shoot the three, he can shoot it from inside the arc," he said. "He plays facing up toward the basket pretty well. His back-to-the-basket game needs some work."
At the major college level, which is where Porter will certainly end up, his position is the subject of some debate among the fans of those schools recruiting him. Though he possesses the offensive skillset of a wing, he could end up in the post - at least after some time spent in the weight room.
"He's not extremely muscular now," Wright explained. "He'll have to play on the outside a little bit in college, at least at first."
Though details regarding his recruitment have been tough to come by, most of the rumors that emerged had Missouri positioned as the prohibitive favorite to land his services. Now, with Mike Anderson accepting the head coaching job at Arkansas, the door may have opened for a couple of other programs to get involved.
The Kansas Jayhawks are one team that has put in some serious time with Porter. Led by the efforts of his lead recruiter, assistant coach Danny Manning, Kansas attended an open gym early in the year and was courtside in Sikeston twice during the season.
"He's been in contact during the last part of the season pretty regularly," Wright said, of Manning.
For Porter, however, the recruiting process hasn't been much of a focus during his senior campaign. Now that the season is wrapped up and another trophy sits gleaming in the SCC trophy case, he'll turn his attention to his collegiate future in the weeks ahead - with a pair of visits on tap.
"He's going to Georgetown next weekend," Wright said. "And supposedly going to Kansas in two weekends."
Stay tuned to Phog.net and Scout.com for more on the recruitment of one of the top remaining prospects on the board in the Class of 2011.