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Chris Porter
Drafted by Golden St. Warriors in Round 2, pick 55

Allsport
Position: Small Forward
College: Auburn
Conference: SEC
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 218
Age: 22
Birthdate: 05/09/78
High School: Abbeville HS, Abbeville, Ala.

Unfortunately for Porter, his great two-year career at Auburn was overshadowed by how it ended. After it was discovered in late February that he had accepted money from the representative of an agent, Porter was suspended and missed the last three games of the regular season as well as the postseason. As a result, Auburn lost the SEC Western Division title (to LSU) that had seemed a lock midway through the season and advanced only to the second round of the NCAA tournament. It was a shame, because in his short stay on the Plains, Porter often carried the Tigers on his shoulders. He's an unreal athlete with dynamic leaping ability, speed and quickness. He's a monster defender in the open court and a relentless, blue-collar rebounder, especially on the offensive glass. Auburn coach Cliff Ellis experimented with Porter early in the season, allowing him to shoot more from the perimeter. But after Porter got off to a slow start, that fling as a small forward was bagged and Porter returned to the low post, where he was having a decent season before he was suspended. Porter was a preseason pick to win SEC MVP honors, but his slow start and shocking ending relegated him to just second-team All-SEC. Porter is a first-round pick, but what position will he play in the pros?

Career Statistics
Seasons  FGs  PCT  3-pts  PCT  FTs  PCT  RPG  APG  BLK  STL  PTS  AVE 
'98-99
'99-00
Totals
30
26
56
179-381
141-304
320-685
.470
.464
.467
8-22
4-17
12-39
.364
.235
.308
113-179
94-139
207-318
.631
.676
.676
8.6
7.3
8.0
1.1
1.2
1.1
13
9
22
64
52
116
479
380
859
16.0
14.6
15.3
 

Senior Season

  • Admitted taking $2,500 from an illegal source (agent or an agent's representative) and was suspended by the NCAA for the rest of the season
  • The NCAA denied Auburn's appeal for reinstatement of Porter. The NCAA subcommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement upheld its earlier decision to deny restoration of Porter's eligibility for the rest of the season
  • Porter's last game was at Alabama on February 22 (Porter scored 21 pts)
  • Missed Auburn's last eight games of the season (Tigers went 3-5 in those contests)
  • Led the Tigers in scoring (14.6) and steals (2.0)
  • Named All-SEC second team

    Junior Season

  • Second-Team All-America by the AP and UPI
  • SEC Player of the Year
  • SEC Newcomer of the Year
  • Led team in scoring (16.0), rebounding (8.6) and steals (2.1) while averaging only 28.7 minutes a game
  • Led Auburn to the Sweet 16

    Junior College

  • Played for Chipola Junior College in Marianna, FL where he played for Carl Nash -- a former Auburn assistant
  • Became the first player from the school to have his number (No. 34) retired on Feb. 5
  • First-Team All-America as a sophomore
  • Averaged 22.3 ppg as a freshman and 24.4 as a sophomore

    Notables

  • Regarded as Auburn's best recruit since Charles Barkley
  • Led Abbeville HS to Florida's 4A State title


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