USA Basketball Junior Nat'l Team Mini-Camp Scouting Reports: Forwards October 9, 2015 Michael Porter, 6' 8.5”, SF/PF, Columbia, MO, Class of 2017
-Nice size for a wing at around 6'9” in shoes
-Has added eight pounds (now 203 lbs) since the Nike Academy in June. Still a bit thin but his frame is definitely improving.
-Outstanding fluidity for a player his size. Really smooth. Good body control. Glides in transition.
-Explosive leaper who plays above the rim with ease. Catches lobs.
-Polished skill set and IQ.
-Can grab a rebound and go coast to coast. Uses his long strides and athleticism to straight line drive in the half court. Strong first step. Tougher attacking the basket than he gets credit for.
-Really smooth shooting stroke. Nice base. Good rise on his jumper. Can make spot threes but prefers to shoot it off the bounce. Loves hesitation pull ups. Able to create space with step backs – not something you often see from a player his size.
-Showed some ability to defend the perimeter. Not completely proven in that area but he did get down in a stance and move his feet well while defending wings.
-Good instincts on the glass. Not much of a banger but has a nose for the ball, especially on the offensive glass.
-Frame is improving, but he's still fairly thin for a combo forward. Shoulders aren't all that wide. Very thin legs. How much bigger will he get?
-Doesn't have great length relative to his height (6' 10.5” wingspan)
-Not a great ball handler at this stage. Can attack in a straight line or handle in transition, but he struggles a bit versus pressure. Doesn't change direction or speeds all that well.
-Can improve his ability to finish through contact
-Gets swallowed up in the paint at times on defense/the glass.
-Fairly right-hand dominant around the rim
-Still has to prove himself as a perimeter defender
-A year old for his class
[Read Full Article] USA Basketball Development Camp Measurements and Analysis October 9, 2014 Despite measuring 6-7 ½ without shoes, Michael Porter is without a doubt a perimeter player, showing a tremendous skill-level handling the ball, shooting from outside and scoring from all over the court. He's a very fluid athlete who will take time to fill out physically, weighing just 193 pounds at the moment, but has a very impressive combination of size, skills and smarts for a 16-year old. [Read Full Article]