Otto Porter talks pre-draft workouts with Chris Miller
In the NBA's draft order, the Wizards come third.
Friday, however, they were first on Otto Porter’s list.
Porter was joined by Bruce Massey (Middle Tennessee), Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State), Ryan Evans (Wisconsin), Kevin Dillard (Dayton) and Viktor Gaddefors (Bologna).
It was Porter’s first workout leading up to the June 27 draft. The Wizards have the third overall pick, but he was the first stop because he played locally at Georgetown for two seasons. Verizon Center is the home court for most of the Hoyas’ home games.
Porter will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, who who hold the top two selections, next week.
“It felt great coming back here to Verizon Center, working out with the other guys. Just getting that first wind back, it was great,” said Porter, who had been training with current NBA players from Georgetown, Jeff Green (Celtics) and Greg Monroe (Pistons).
Porter is a 6-8 small forward. He averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 48% shooting. While he is a versatile player, the Wizards ideally want size, too, to play in the low post. Center Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) is interviewing here Saturday.
Noel, however, can’t work out because he still is recovering from knee surgery after he tore a ligament during his freshman season.
“I take pride in my defensive stance. Being able to get tips, turnovers to lead into that easy offensive to get somebody going,” Porter said of being a two-way player. “I already have a fan base here, comfortable here. … Right now it really don’t matter where I go.”