Porter has also been mentioned among the candidates to go first, an unusual position for a player who was unheralded coming out of high school. But Porter collected numerous admirers — including Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim — during a season in which he averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and shot 42.2 percent from three-point range and was named the Big East player of the year.
“The only different thing is that people know me. For me, I’m still the underrated kid that’s going to continue to work hard no matter what,” Porter said during his visit to Washington last month. “I’m focused on making an impact. Any team I go to, making a huge impact. I can come in and help [the Wizards] out, right out the gate. Be that guy that they missing. I think it would be a great fit.”
(Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post) - Otto Porter Jr.’s goal is simple: “I’m concerned more about the right fit for my career and going somewhere where I can contribute and work on my game to be the best player that I can in the future.”
Bennett is considered somewhat undersized at power forward but compensates with his explosiveness and his ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot from the perimeter. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from long distance and believes he would complement Wizards guards Bradley Beal and John Wall.
“I’m versatile. I can play inside and out. I can shoot the three. If I’m open, I can shoot it. I can go down low, post up. I can basically do a little bit of everything,” Bennett said. “On a real young team that gets up and down, I think I’ll fit right in because that’s what I like to do.”
Beal, the Wizards’ pick at third overall last season, holds the odd distinction of having failed to recruit both Porter and Bennett as teammates. While in high school, Beal tried to lure Sikeston, Mo., native Porter to play for his AAU team in St. Louis. And as a freshman in college, Beal traded numerous messages on Twitter with Bennett to convince him to play at Florida. But Beal will soon likely end up finally calling either Porter or Bennett his teammate.
“Those two are great. You can’t go wrong with either one,” Beal said Sunday while making an appearance at the National Capital Barbecue Battle on Pennsylvania Avenue. “I know both of them pretty well, especially Otto since we’re from the same state. I’ll leave that to the front office. I’m just curious to see who we pick, and who we pick is definitely going to benefit our team.”