PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University head basketball coach Kevin Muff announced today that Tulsa Metro Player of the Year Kaleb Porter has inked with the Gorillas for the 2012-13 season.
Porter, a 5-feet, 11-inch point guard from East Central High School, averaged 20.6 points and 3.5 assists per game on the season in leading the Cardinals to the Oklahoma Class 5A state championship game this season. Porter shot an impressive 41 percent from 3-point range and 60 percent from inside the arc on the season. He was named a first-team Class 5A All-State performer as well as an Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association All-Star.
Porter was the Class 5A state tournament's leading scorer with 75 points in three games, including 37 in one game against Ardmore. Bishop McGuiness, the team East Central would lose to in the championship game, went as far as to double team him the entire game, paying him the ultimate respect in holding him to 15 points on the night.
The Gorillas lost All-MIAA point guard Eric Ray to graduation, and Porter will be looked at to compete for the starting spot right away as a true freshman, along with returners Sam Pugh and Ian Ponds.
"Kaleb will help fill a very important void at the point guard position with the graduation of Eric Ray," Muff said. "He has the instincts, skill set and mental toughness you must have to be a great point guard in our conference.
"We have high expectations for Kaleb, but no more than what he expects from himself. He has a strong work ethic on the basketball court, but more importantly an equally strong commitment to his academics.
"We are excited to have Kaleb as a Gorilla and he is a great addition to what is becoming an extremely talented freshmen recruiting class."
Porter also played on the same AAU team last summer with Jake Bullard and Denton Hays, a pair of Oklahoma prep stars who have signed with Pitt State for the 2012-13 season.
Bullard (6-5, 185) inked with the Gorillas in the early signing period in November from Vinita (Okla.) High School, while Hays (6-7, 210) signed with Pitt State in April from Jenks (Okla.) High School.