Idling in the bowels of Verizon Center on Friday, Otto Porter Jr. looked ready to take his career in a new direction. Perhaps literally so. Hanging from his slender 6-foot-8 frame was a blue and white Washington Wizards practice jersey, still damp from the 90-minute workout that he went through Friday under the close supervision of Wizards front-office officials. On his feet were white-and-blue sneakers, the laces undone and a Georgetown logo adorning the tongue. “It was cool but a little different,” the Hoyas all-American told the person on the other end of the phone. “I’ve been here before but I’d never made that left turn before,” past the Georgetown locker room and down the hall. Whether Porter will be making the slightly longer walk to the Wizards locker room on a permanent basis will be determined June 27 at the NBA draft. Porter’s workout on Friday with Washington, which holds the No. 3 pick, was the first of three sessions he will undergo prior to the draft. Next week, the versatile forward is expected to work out with Cleveland and Orlando, which hold the Nos. 1 and 2 picks, respectively. Joining Porter on the practice court Friday were forwards Ryan Evans (Wisconsin), Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State) and Viktor Gaddefors (Sweden) as well as guards Kevin Dillard (Dayton) and Bruce Massey (Middle Tennessee), who played locally at Seneca Valley High. During the portion of the workout open to reporters, Porter engaged in a shooting drill with Wizards assistant Sam Cassell, dribbling off a high screen before attempting a jumper from top of the key. The 20-year-old then went one-on-one in the post with Evans and Carmichael, scoring once and making a defensive stop. Along with his local ties, the intrigue surrounding Porter stems from his diverse play and high motor, attributes that could potentially mesh well with Washington’s back court in John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. returns to his old stomping grounds
Washington Post | Jun 15