Coban Porter is a 6’4” combo guard out of Columbia, Missouri. Porter comes from a prestigious AAU program in MoKan Basketball, who he has played for since he was 14. Porter was a starter on the Peach Jam winning squad, showcasing his ability to be a scoring guard at the next level while also displaying lockdown perimeter defense. Porter comes from a family of heralded basketball players with two brothers in the NBA, but he’s most certainly next up. A knee injury cut his season short for Tolton, but he’s attacking rehab and will be 100% by June. We were able to catch up with Coban to highlight his season, and looking ahead to the next level.
RLH: How was the season for you at Tolton this year?
It was going well. We were taking care of one game and one team at a time, with one goal in mind the whole way, to win state. But I tore my meniscus towards the end of the regular season, and that was it for me. My team fought like dogs the rest of the way, but we ended up losing by a half-court buzzer-beater in OT in our district championship
RLH: You guys had a really good year, finishing 20-5, how’d you handle the pressure of being a top team this year?
We knew that we were going to get everybody’s best game every time we stepped on the floor, and we felt like we were prepared for that.
RLH: You play with some incredible players around you, how is it to play with players of the caliber of Nathan, Chase, and your brother Jevon?
First of all it was a lot of fun. Winning is fun, and no matter the level, it’s hard to win by yourself. We grew closer every day, and had great chemistry on the floor.
RLH: You’re one of the leading scorers on your team, how’d you handle defenses knowing that they knew you were one of your guys’ go-to scorers?
I just let the game come to me every night. I never went out thinking “okay, I’m going for 40 tonight”. That helped me to just go hoop and play free.
RLH: You were just named to the All-State team in Missouri Class 3, how’s it feel to achieve that accomplishment?
I didn’t even know that until you just told me. That’s an honor, but I’d rather have another state ring!
RLH: What was it like to play for a prestigious program like MOKAN for AAU?
I’ve played with them since my 14u summer, and have learned so much from the coaches at MOKAN throughout the years. They’re one of the only aau programs in the country that treat preparation like a collegiate or professional team would.
RLH: How did it feel to win Peach Jam last summer? I know that’s a high school basketball player’s dream.
Winning Peach Jam was crazy. Especially how we won it. Nobody thought we’d end the summer on top, except for us.
RLH: You have older siblings who have been through the same process just like you’re going through right now, what’s their advice been to you?
They’re biggest advice to me is to go somewhere that fits, and somewhere that wants me for me.
RLH: What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve gotten from them?
To keep my priorities straight. Especially next year in college where there are distractions everywhere.
RLH: You’re a top player in your class in the state of Missouri, what’s your case for being #1?
I know the work I’ve put into my game, and I’m confident that nobody’s more prepared for the next level than I am.
RLH: If a college coach asked what are the strong parts of your game? What would you say?
Shooting, defending, rebounding, handling the rock, and leading
RLH: What are you doing to improve as a basketball player?
Right now I’m attacking my rehab so I can get back on the court stronger than ever.
RLH: Are there any updates on your college recruitment? What schools are contacting you the most? Any offers?
I’ve spoken to DePaul, Weber State, Furman, Denver, and Lipscomb the most recently
RLH: Do you have any visits lined up and a timeline when to make a decision?
RLH: What are you looking for in a program at the next level?
A program that fits the way I play, and where the coaches will push me to be the best I can be.