Otto Porter, the best remaining prospect in the ESPNU 100, committed to Georgetown over Kansas and Missouri on Monday night, according to Kenyon Wright, Porter's coach at Scott County Central High in Sikeston, Mo.
Behind the scenes, Missouri was the clubhouse leader for Porter's services. When coach Mike Anderson left Columbia for Arkansas, the move clearly threw a wrench into Porter's plans. He recently visited Georgetown's campus and the somewhat-unknown prospect wasted little time in committing to coach John Thompson III. In fact, according to a source, the new staff at Missouri did not even have a chance to meet with Porter and his family.
Porter owns three state championships and the single-game rebound record in a Missouri state championship contest.
"He was a great player here," Wright said. "You get them rarely."
Porter's story is the exception to the rule. A star player from a tiny town who didn't play AAU basketball. It wasn't until late last summer that high-major teams began pursuing him. His diligence and mystery earned him a slot in the Jordan Brand Classic game Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
Wright credited Porter's commitment as the driving force behind his success.
"It's his work ethic. He put a lot of work into it," said Wright. "He's in the gym all the time working all the time, lifting weights, jumping over boxes ... it's all the time."
With the addition of Porter, the Hoyas jump all the way to No. 13 in the class rankings. He joins fellow ESPNU 100 prospects C Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) and SG Jabril Trawick (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington Friends), as well as PF Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) and C Tyler Adams (Brandon, Miss./Brandon). Thompson's incoming group includes a trio of four-star prospects and a pair of three-star recruits. Porter is the highest-ranked, checking in at No. 31 in 2011 class.
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