One of the top unsigned prospects in Arizona's 2017 class is Cesar Chavez High School's 6-foot-4, 200-pound ultra-athletic wing prospect Malik Porter. While mulling over his college recruitment options for the fall, Porter has traveled throughout the spring and summer with Team Harden on the Adidas circuit.
I caught up with Porter in Las Vegas at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships, after one of his team's games, and he advised me that he is still very unclear as to which direction he will head for the fall - either to a junior college program or to a post-graduate program. Porter advised me that he is currently hearing from a large number of junior college programs for his services, but that he is also considering a prep program as well.
Porter is still not an academic qualifier, so either decision would benefit him a great deal in his future college recruitment. While he has a good overall cumulative GPA, he still does not possess a positive NCAA test score for himself. Porter could work on receiving a qualifying test score while playing a year of post-grad, or he could attend a junior college program and work on earning a Associates Degree in two years, for the intention of moving on to a four-year college after achieving it.
Either way, Porter would become a highly sought after recruiting target, as he is one of the most talented and gifted unsigned senior prospects in the West. He is super long and has NBA athleticism. Porter does not need the basketball to score on the floor, and is an excellent defender and finisher. He blocks numerous shots and finishes plays strong around the basket.
In his final senior season for Chavez, Porter averaged strong overall numbers, helping his team to a 24-5 overall record on the season. Porter avergaed 11.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.8 blocks and 2.1 steals per/game.
I will continue to follow Porter's ultimate decision, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Porter is one of the most talented and gifted unsigned senior prospects in the West. He is super long and has NBA athleticism. Porter does not need the basketball to score on the floor, and is an excellent defender and finisher. He blocks numerous shots and finishes plays strong around the basket. He sort of roams around the floor without a true position and simply makes big plays, on both ends of the floor. A solid mid-range shooter that needs to develop his perimeter skills to maximize his potential on the floor. A capable ball handler and passer. An excellent slasher and finisher at the rim, and in transition where he thrives in the open floor. An excellent defender that plays passing lanes at a high level. A serious mid-major plus prospect after a stint in the junior college ranks or in a post-grad year. Still undecided as to which direction he will head.