Layton Christian's Porter signs to play at Portland

Layton Christian's Porter signs to play at Portland



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PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland men's basketball program has signed three recruits to National Letters of Intent during the late signing period, head coach Eric Reveno announced on Wednesday. Nik Raivio (Vancouver, Wash.), B.J. Porter (Layton, Utah) and Kramer Knutson (Mesa, Ariz.) will join previously signed recruits Luke Sikma (Bellevue, Wash.), Jared Stohl (Marysville, Wash.) and Jasonn Hannibal (Mississauga, Ontario) to comprise Portland's 2007 recruiting class.

Raivio will enter UP as a sophomore in eligibility after spending the last two seasons at junior college, while the other five Pilot recruits are all incoming freshmen.

"We have added three outstanding basketball players, students and young men to our program in Nik, Kramer and B.J.," Reveno said. "All three have been well-coached and have a tremendous love for the game of basketball. All have shown a genuine excitement about where our program is going and each want to be a part of a championship team."

B.J. Porter (6-4, 165) was named the Utah Class 1-A Player of the Year after leading Layton Christian High School to a 23-2 overall record and the state title. A two-time all-state selection, Porter led the state by averaging 22.2 points and added 9.6 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game his senior season. He posted 20.5 points in the four state tournament victories. Porter scored a career and Utah state season-high 42 points in a 76-55 victory over Christian Heritage.

Porter played last offseason for the Utah Swoosh and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Five-Star Basketball Camp in Pittsburgh, Penn. A second-team all-state quarterback and track phenom with a 38-inch vertical leap, Porter is expected to bring unique athleticism to the Pilots next season.

"B.J. is coming off of a championship senior season at Layton Christian and is a winner," Reveno said. "He is a talented athlete at the wing position and will be a good addition to our program. Playing high school basketball under his father, Bobby Porter, he was well-coached and has a great understanding of the game. B.J. is young for his class and has a tremendous upside."

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