Georgetown Star Otto Porter Jr. Declares for 2013 NBA Draft
Otto Porter Jr. has decided to end his career with Georgetown and will enter the 2013 NBA draft.
UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 15, at 3:02 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Otto Porter Jr. has officially declared for the 2013 NBA draft, according to USA Today's Nicole Auerbach.
Otto Porter Jr: "I am forgoing my eligibility in college and entering the 2013 NBA draft."— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 15, 2013
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Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports first reported the news:
A source told CBSSports.com that the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward will bypass his final two seasons with the Hoyas and declare for the NBA Draft. An announcement is expected Monday at 3 p.m. ET.
The small forward averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season as he led the Hoyas to a Big East regular-season title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Although Porter's squad lost immediately in an upset to No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, the Associated Press recognized his outstanding year with first-team All-American honors (via ESPN).
At the next level, he will continue to show the versatility that made him so successful in college. Scouts love his size at 6’8”, as well as his ability to fill up the box score in almost every category.
He is also an excellent shooter (42.2 percent from three-point range this season) and a very strong on-ball defender.
According to ESPN's Chad Ford, Porter is the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2013 class and should be drafted early in the lottery.
Is declaring for the draft the right decision for Otto Porter?
Unfortunately, the small forward can also be inconsistent, as he showed toward the end of the college basketball season.
As he became more aggressive, he started to miss more shots and failed to shoot at least 40 percent from the floor in four of his last five matchups. Three of those games ended in losses for Georgetown.
Still, the talented all-around player would be a welcome addition to virtually any NBA team drafting at the beginning of the first round.
Porter's abilities on both ends of the court translate well to the professional level, and he should contribute immediately to whichever organization is fortunate enough to grab him.
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