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Otto Porter Takes Unique Approach to Draft
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 23, 2013 @ 4:08 pm In Headlines,NBA Draft Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Unlike many of the top prospects in next week’s NBA draft, Georgetown small forward Otto Porter’s upbringing didn’t include participating in the AAU basketball circuit.
Instead of traveling around the country playing against top-notch competition as a teenager, Porter honed his skills playing against his cousins in pick-up games at his grandmother’s house in Sikeston, Mo.
Although his path may be different than most of the projected lottery picks, Porter, 6-foot-9, 200 pounds, is considered by some scouts to be the most NBA-ready after playing two seasons at Georgetown before declaring for the draft.
“It was more me, not wanting to go that route,” Porter told reporters at the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago last month. “I had cousins and friends that played AAU, I figured that I could stay home and work on my game and the exposure would come later once teams could see that I could play and see that I have talent. My dad helped me work out, just getting better and stronger.”
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