Porter playing for the Wizards in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League
|No. 22 – Washington Wizards|
June 3, 1993 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (203 cm)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Scott County Central
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Otto Porter, Jr. (born June 3, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas and was selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Wizards. He was considered one of the top college basketball players before the draft.
Porter was born in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Otto Sr and Elnora Porter. He attended Scott County Central High School which includes the small towns of Morley, Vanduser, Haywood City, and parts of rural Sikeston. He earned all-state honors as a junior and senior leading the Braves to three straight Class 1 state championship and giving Scott Central its state-record 15th title overall. During his senior year, he led the Braves to 29–2 record, averaging 30 points and 14 rebounds a game.
Family of basketball players
His father, Otto Porter, Sr., was part of Scott County Central High School's first title in 1976 and holds the high school record with 1,733 rebounds. His mother Elnora Porter (née Timmons) was named all-state in 1985 and bought a basketball for her son before he even started walking. Porter Jr. comes from a tradition of well-rounded players coached by Ronnie Cookson, a high school basketball coach who retired in 1995 after winning 12 state titles but was brought back as a coach at the urging of Porter's father. Otto Porter's uncles Marcus Timmons "Missouri Mr. Basketball 91", Melvin Porter, and Jerry Porter have also won state titles. First cousin Calvin Porter, Jr. was one of three Porters to start for the high school's championship team in 2011. His cousin Mark Mosely was the starting point guard for the Braves in 1990 and 1991 when they won state championships. His cousins Corey and Reece Porter helped Sikeston High School win its first state title in its first undefeated season. His cousin Michael Porter was a former four-time all-state basketball player for Sikeston High School. His cousin and former teammate Bobby Hatchett played for Midland College, which played for the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. The Porter family had a member on the Braves' first 11 state championship teams.
He signed a letter of intent with the Georgetown Hoyas and played his first game with them on November 12, 2011 against the Savannah State Tigers - a 9 point, 8 rebound, and 3 block outing. Rounding out his freshman year, Otto averaged 9.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he nearly doubled his points production, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 NCAA Men's Basketball season, Porter led his team to a 25-7 record and a number 2 seed in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. For his efforts, he was named the 2012-2013 Big East Player of the Year and was a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award.
Porter helped the 2nd-seeded Hoyas reach the second round of the Men's Championship Basketball - South Region, where he recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 78-68 upset loss to the 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles on March 22, 2013.
On April 15, 2013, Porter decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
Porter was drafted 3rd overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA draft. He made his NBA debut on December 7, 2013 against the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering from a hip injury before the season opener.
- Draft Express
- NBA Draft.net
- Chad Ford's Top 100 – 2013
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