Porter, who compares himself to wiry and multifaceted Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince, has been training at McDonough Arena on Georgetown’s campus since the season ended and has received advice from former Hoya and current Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe. Porter won’t do any individual workouts with teams until the draft order has been determined but has already met with Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Phoenix.
Porter had several memorable performances last season, including a dominant 33-point effort in the Hoyas’ victory at Syracuse, but he remains motivated by Georgetown’s stunning first-round loss to 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, in which he scored just 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
“It has helped. Obviously, you can get better each and every day,” Porter said when asked if the loss serves as motivation. “We didn’t play our best game my last game but I wanted to, coming from there, learn from my mistakes and get better.”
Porter decided to enter the draft after speaking with Georgetown Coach John Thompson III and former coach John Thompson Jr. a few days before the deadline to declare.
“We talked a lot and he felt that I was ready for the NBA and I felt like I was ready, too. It was basically my decision and I talked to my mom and my dad and they felt I was at the top of my game,” he said. “I didn’t enter the year thinking about the NBA. It was very tough, my decision. I didn’t think I would come out this early at the beginning of the year, but as the year progressed. We started having success, winning 10, 11 games in a row, I thought it was possible for me.”
Porter added that he has no regrets about being home-schooled on basketball rather than following his peers. “I think it was an advantage for me, staying on, working on my skills a lot more and just being disciplined. With my dad helping, getting better, getting stronger and I just went with that,” Porter said. “It was more me, not wanting to go that route. I had cousins and friends who went the AAU route and I figured that I could just stay home and work on my game and exposure would come later once teams see that I can play and see that I have talent.”
When asked what he missed out by taking that path, Porter said: “The hype. That’s probably the only thing.”
Porter has no plans to get caught up in that.