Despite being listed at 5ft 6in and 155 pounds, PG Tajuan Porter could still flat out ball. Porter is from Detroit, Michigan and played HS basketball at Renaissance High with future Oregon teammate Malik Hariston. In his HS tenure he went 92-10 with two state championships while recording a quadrouple-double, and averaging 26.9 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apg, and 5 spg his senior year before going to Oregon.
In his freshman season Porter joined an exciting crew of Aaron Brooks, Bryce Taylor, Malik Hariston, Maarty Luenen and more. Porter played in 35 games and averaged 14.6 ppg with a career-high 43.7 3PT%. Porter hit his peak in the season with a championship win over USC in the Pac-12 Tourny, and was named MVP. The Ducks took their momentum into the Big Dance and Porter & company got Oregon to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1960. The next season Porter averaged 13.9 ppg, but the Ducks fell in the first round to Mississippi State. Over the next two years Porter didn’t have much help from his teammates and went on to average 15.4 ppg followed by a disappointing senior campaign of 13.1 ppg.
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Other than being Oregon’s shortest player, Porter holds multiple Oregon records:
Most 3-pointers made (career)
Most 3-pointer made in a single game (10)
Most three-pointers made in a single season (110, also a Pac-12 freshman record)
Unfortunately Porter was undrafted, but went on to play in the Premier Basketball League for the Halifax Rainmen in Canada. And in February 2011, Porter signed with Entente Orleanaise in France.
You know when you joke around saying if I was 6-6 I could easily be in the league…just imagine how Tajuan Porter feels.