Bobby Portis isn’t a guy who you’ll catch in all of the highlights, but he has quietly been one of the more successful big men from the high school class of 2013. He went to Arkansas and despite having the opportunity to leave school after his freshman year, opted to come back for one more year to make the NCAA tournament. Standing nearly 6-foot-11 in shoes, Portis has the size to play either post position in the NBA. At the workout that we took in during our time in Chicago, he brought outstanding intensity to every drill, shot it well from mid-range, and led by example the entire time that he was on the floor working with Tim Anderson and Ryan Thompson.
Here is the full interview that we did with Portis following his workout:
CityLeagueHoops: What are you looking to improve upon in the pre-draft process?
Bobby Portis: I’m just fine tuning my game. I’m working on my post game and working on my jumper a little bit. Throughout the end of the season, I started to slack on my jumper a little bit.
CLH: What do you think that you’re going to surprise teams with in the workout process?
BP: My overall physicality and defense that I bring to a team. I feel like my style of play is going to help me a lot at the next level with just being active on defense and going hard.
CLH: You had the opportunity to jump to the NBA after your freshman year. What made you come back?
BP: I just wanted to get my team to the NCAA Tournament. That’s something that Arkansas hasn’t been to since 2008. That was a big goal for me.
CLH: If I’m an NBA GM, why do I want Bobby Portis on my team?
BP: You want Bobby Portis on your team because he is always going to do everything that you say. He’s a low maintenance guy who is always going to bring it every day, both in practice and the games.
CLH: You don’t seem to be a very vocal guy, but you definitely picked up the group today with how hard you want. Are you more of a lead by example type?
BP: I’ve never been much of a vocal leader. I’m kind of a shy, stick to myself type of guy. I feel like I bring the intensity that every team needs.
CLH: What would you say that the biggest improvements you made under Coach Anderson were?
BP: Just always going hard and pushing for that second, third, and fourth effort. I felt that in high school, it was kind of easy. In college, it was more physical and I had to bring that second effort to go hard every single play.