Gorman: Obama's Porter living up to his name on court
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Not wanting to ride his father's reputation, even if his name is Darelle Porter Jr., the son goes by his initials.
D.J. Porter is looking to distinguish himself from his dad, and not just by name.
Darelle Porter starred at Brashear and Perry and then at Pitt, where he scored 1,007 points and still ranks fourth in assists with 617, before becoming head coach at Duquesne University.
“I want to make my own name,” D.J. Porter said. “I can see I'm doing things he did. He said I can score better than him but he can pass better than me.
“That's still debatable.”
What isn't up for debate is that D.J. has developed into a Division I prospect whose stock is starting to soar this spring.
The 6-foot-41⁄2, 185-pound junior guard from Obama Academy has opened the eyes of Division I recruiters on the AAU circuit.
Porter had a performance that brought him national exposure on scouting sites when he scored 24 points for the DeJuan Blair All-Stars against Team Loaded of North Carolina last month at the Philadelphia JamFest.
“I got a lot of attention from a lot of different college coaches,” D.J. said. “We were playing a really good team, and I stood out.”
Porter has played every position on the floor while starring in the City League, averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game last season.
After spending most of his sophomore season playing the post, he moved to the wing as a junior and even played the point.
Just like his dad.
The younger Porter projects as a shooting guard or point guard.
“Now, we have big men so I don't have to play center,” Porter said. “I can play my real position. It's easier to play when I'm playing the two or the one. I want to be known as an all-around player. I'm scoring more and playing better defense now.”
Porter already has a handful of mid-major scholarship offers from schools in the Atlantic 10, Colonial, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American and Northeast conferences, but his dad is keeping the identities of the schools a secret.
“He won't tell me,” D.J. said. “That's good because it makes me play harder.”
Porter is attempting to motivate his son to play at a higher level. Nothing motivates D.J. quite like beating his father.
Every year on May 13 — Darelle's birthday — the Porters play a game of one-on-one.
D.J. won twice last summer.
“That was the first time I've beaten him,” D.J. said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I just beat my dad.' I thought I could beat anybody then. He's trying to get in shape for the rematch.”
Now, his name is riding on it.
Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.
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