Layton's Porter faces off against top NBA prospect

Jun 18 2013 - 11:46pm

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B.J. Porter
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SALT LAKE CITY -- First the altitude, then the scrappy local guy looking to carve out pro career somewhere.

Those two things caught Michael Carter-Williams' attention Tuesday morning during his predraft workout for the Utah Jazz.

"The altitude's real up here," the projected first-round draft pick said.

Lanky, with a 6-foot-5 frame and strong point guard skills, Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 assists at Syracuse last season. NBA scouts have liked what they've seen from him, meaning there's a chance he won't even be available when the Jazz's No. 14 pick comes up in the draft on June 27.

Still, he went through a workout in front of team personnel and was well-tested by former Layton Christian Academy standout B.J. Porter, who already was working overtime.

"He's competitive, he's a good player," Carter-Williams said of Porter. "It was good going against him."

Porter, who also worked out on Monday, recently completed his college career at Azusa Pacific, where he averaged 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27 games. Before that, he spent time at Portland and Weber State.

The 6-3, 190 pound guard had a stellar prep career at LCA.

Player personnel director Walt Perrin said the Jazz asked Porter to be a workout partner for Carter-Williams, figuring he'd provide a good test. For Porter, the benefit was the opportunity to check out Utah's training facility and generate some recognition to help better his chances of scoring a professional job overseas.

"It's something that you can put on your resume," Porter said.

Perrin said the Jazz had originally scheduled Porter to work out with Carter-Williams, however, when another player dropped out prior to Monday's tryouts, they asked Porter to come in a day early.

"It means a lot because there's so many that could have had this opportunity, I feel blessed, I thank God and the organization for letting me be here," Porter said.

The Jazz have the Nos. 14 and 21 picks in the upcoming draft. As of Tuesday they had taken a look at more than 70 draft hopefuls, with six more slated for today.

Porter and Carter-Williams were two of eight players who worked out at the Zions Bank Basketball Center. They went at it in a one-on-one session in the morning; six others competed later in the day.

Occasionally, agents for high-profile draft prospects like Carter-Williams will ask that their clients work out one-on-one rather than with a group.

Carter-Williams said he did not know if his agent had made that request.

"I've done individual workouts and I've done group workouts, so it's not that I didn't want to workout against anyone," he said.

"Most of the time when we bring guys in by themselves it's because of what the agent requests," Perrin said. "We abide by that."

The Jazz will test six more players today, including Kansas 7-footer Jeff Whitney and Illinois guard Brando Paul.

 

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