Porter, like Mason’s other 2014 recruit Eric Lockett, seems like his earliest contributions to the team will be on the defensive end and the boards. Obviously the kid needs to put on some weight as he listed by various recruiting sites at around 215 pounds. WIth what the staff did this past year with Jalen Jenkins, I don’t think that will be much of a problem.
He’s very athletic for a big man and let’s face it, you can’t teach height. He broke out during the summer and developed a better low-post game. Currently Erik Copes is the only true center on the roster and this pickup definitely fills a need going forward. Rebounding and defense were problem areas last season and so far with this class the staff is addressing those areas.
I asked Matthew Hatfield, who broke the news of the commitment, about what his take is Porter:
@gmuhoops Yes – excellent rim protector and a game-changer defensively. Good rebounder. Still developing offensively, but improving well.
— Matthew Hatfield (@hatfieldsports) October 13, 2013
Here is some video of Porter from a high school game during his junior year, he’s #15 in white:
“Coach Hewitt and his staff really did their homework and a great job recruiting Trey, understanding who he was and made it clear that they would take care of him for four years,” remarked Potomac Head Basketball Coach Keith Honore.
“In the long run, I think his best basketball days are ahead of him, and Coach Hewitt and those guys at George Mason recognized that. I feel they’re going to get a return on their investment.”
“His ability to defend the rim is probably his best attribute right now and the thing that they noticed the most,” added Honore. ”I truly believe he’ll refine his offensive game a little bit once he gets to that level, and hopefully in a year or two develop into an offensive threat as well as a rim protector for them.”
From Phenom Hoop report:
“At the end of the day George Mason is getting a versatile big that can rebound, defend, and step away from the basket. George Mason did a good job evaluating a high ceiling, late rising kid whose best basketball will be played in college.”