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Otto Skipped AAU, And That’s Why He Is GreatWhile shoe brands were jockeying for position and forcing teenagers to play six games in a weekend Otto Porter was shooting. When hungry prospects were showing coaches how hard they could dunk in layup lines or defenseless exhibitions Otto Porter was working on his handle. And when huge point totals earned 5-star rankings and McDonalds bids Otto Porter was concentrating on learning the game and making those around him better. Otto Porter skipped playing AAU basketball, and that’s why he is great.
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Otto Porter finally got the accolades he was deserving in late into the final rankings of 2011 – but because of his insistence on not playing AAU during the summer he didn’t get the national attention he deserved. A blessing in disguise, the small town kid from Missouri picked Georgetown over his in state Tigers. As a freshman Otto fit right in, capable of doing all the little things that most college freshman could not. Instead of taking a fast break and barreling down through the lane and into a defender for a charge, Porter would casually pull up his 6-8 frame and bury a mid range jump-shot from 11 feet. Otto won’t catch the ball and dribble the air out of it waiting for a screen, in the Hoya Princeton offense Porter will survey before the catch and choose to either shoot or move the hot potato. His father and his high school coach taught him how to play basketball, not a sleezebag athlete farmer with the intention of padding his wallet with each Top 50 prospect. As a freshman Porter averaged just under 10.0 points while adapting to a more physical level – now, as a sophomore, Porter has raised that scoring average to 15.9 ppg while pulling down almost eight rebounds per contest.
Porter has also increased his assertiveness after an injury to wing-mate Greg Whittington. Since that injury and Porter’s maturation as a scorer Georgetown hasn’t lost and Porter recorded his signature game, a 33 point performance against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. That performance secured Porter Big East Player of the Year Honors and raised his profile to a national level. Hopefully his story can be an inspiration for other kids looking to play college basketball; hopefully kids learn mid-range buckets count for just as many points as dunks, and an assist made through a post entry pass is even prettier than one made behind the back.
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