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The Cavaliers interviewed their first draft prospect Wednesday as Kevin Porter Jr. met with team officials at the NBA Combine in Chicago.
At 6-foot-6, Porter may be the type of big guard the Cavs are seeking. While most mock drafts don’t have Porter going until the early teens, rumor has it the Cavs may surprise at No. 5.
Porter was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and became the first such player to sign with USC since DeMar DeRozan, now of the San Antonio Spurs. But Porter suffered a quadriceps contusion early in the season, then was suspended for “personal conduct issues,” upon his return.
So his one year in college got off to an inauspicious start.
Porter was viewed as a potential top-five draft pick before the season, then seemed to drop to the late teens or early 20s. His stock has climbed again after showing flashes of NBA-level scoring ability late in the year. Scouts particularly like Porter’s athleticism and smarts. What seems to be up for debate is his overall level of motivation.
One Cavaliers source contacted by Amico Hoops refused comment on Porter, and would only say the team intends to interview “a multitude of players” before the June 20 draft.
The Cavaliers also own the No. 26 overall pick, courtesy of a February trade with the Houston Rockets. They hired former University of Michigan coach John Beilein earlier this week and are looking for prospects who fit into his share-the-wealth, equal opportunity offense.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported the Cavs have also met with Oregon center Bol Bol, the son of the late Manute Bol, who played in the NBA from 1985-95.