BrandonClayScouting: Player Card – Jontay Porter

Class of 2018 forward Jontay Porter of Nathan Hale HS (WA) expanded his game this calendar year while on the Nike circuit. (Photo by Jon Lopez)

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Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

Jontay Porter (Crespi, Calif.), Nathan Hale HS / MoKan Elite 
Height: 6’10”

Position: Power Forward
Committed College: Missouri
Star Grade:


By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB Player Evaluations

Date: May 12, 2017
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL Circuit Session III (Cartersville, Georgia.)

Porter is a skilled frontline player who can play the power forward or center position. He has legit size and skill to be a go-to player at a high level. He showed good hands and nice passing ability when posting up in the low block or the pinch post. His live feet on the defensive closeout is even more positive signs for his development at the next level. He hit 3s from NBA range this weekend. His numbers are equally impressive through 12 games: 18ppg, 12rpg, 46 FG% and 40% from 3pt range (24-60).

Date: June 14, 2016
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike Elite 100 Camp (St. Louis, Mo.)

Porter was terrific. In a match-up with Silvio DeSousa he outplayed him on both ends. He hit the trail 3 while also showing a diverse back to the basket skill set. He even hit a corner 3 when he ran off a pin in screen.

Date: May 29, 2016
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL Session IV (Suwanee, Ga.)

Porter was solid in the trail 4 spot this weekend. He attacked the rim on the reversal pass. He has footwork to create on the step back jumper.

Date: May 29, 2016
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL Session IV (Suwanee, Ga.)

Porter has slimmed down since my eval this winter. He is showing the ability to stretch the floor with his jumper. If he’ll continue to be a force around the rim, this added range will only enhance his game. He’s averaged 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds per so far this season on 45 percent from 3-point land.

Date: December 22, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: City of Palms  (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Porter is a post with size. Right now, I project him more as an interior based prospect based on his play here. If he develops his face up game, he could be a hi-lo option in the post.

Date: December 18, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: City of Palms  (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Porter is a post player who could dominate the block if he chose to do so. He has size and soft touch with his back to basket. He is also a skilled passer vs. the double team or out of the high post. The issue is that he likes to face up and he has skill doing that too. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Lehigh (FL).

Highlights of Porter courtesy of Jared Grubbs



Staff-Pic-B-ClayBrandon Clay is the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay is a McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee member. He also votes on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and is the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors Chairperson. He has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach Clay at [email protected]

Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at [email protected] and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB