LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- At 6 foot 10, Bobby Portis definitely stands out among a crowd. A player with this physique, nearly 7 feet, a ridiculous wing span and weighing in just over 200 pounds, he fits the mold of a promising basketball player.
Portis verbally committed to the University of Arkansas as a 10th grader. That decision wasn't made official until November 16th, earlier this year, when signed his national letter of intent.
When he gets to Fayetteville next season, Portis hopes to have an immediate impact.
"My first year, I just want to work hard to get into the rotation. And then try and make my way up to the starting lineup. I want to start. And I want to just like help the team in any way possible," says Portis.
But that's the future. What about now? What about expectations for this season at Hall High where he's a senior on the boy's basketball team?
"This season I wanted to win the conference championship first then win state championship. When I think about, I never really heard of a 4-peat. So, if we can get that done that will be something special."
There are few obstacles, Portis says, that could get in the way.
"We've gone through some adversity right now because AB [Anthony Black] and Gregg [Easter] came from different schools and they don't know our system yet right now. We're telling everybody to buy into the system so we can be one."
Luckily, head coach Jon Coleman has some experience with helping players work through adversity. In fact, Portis says his head coach is the main reason he stuck with basketball early on.
"[Coach Coleman is a] pretty big influence. He kind of made me hungrier in my 10th grade year because I didn't play that much. That kind of made me like more hungry and like a better basketball player."
But he's got some personal goals he hopes to achieve outside of the classroom before heading to Fayetteville.
"I also wanted to be in the Jordan Brand Classic game and the
McDonald's game in Chicago. I haven't been selected yet for the McDonald's game. But I made the Nike Hoops Summit."
Though he's 6-10, Portis knows he's has to work hard to gain weight and increase his physicality on the court.
"I'm like 210-215. It's just hard work."
So what's a typical work out like for a kid of his caliber?
"With Coach Marcus [my workout consists of going] to the gym. I jump rope for like 5 minutes, so I can warm my legs up a little bit. Then I'll stretch when I'm done with my warm up. We'll do like planks. And then we'll do some form shooting. Then we'll start doing some weight lifting to get my core right. Then we'll start doing like our normal work out."
That hard work is sure to pay off. But as much as he looks forward to the future, Portis keeps coming back to one main goal.
"Right now I'm just focusing on my high school, prep career, right now because I'm trying to get this 4th straight championship. And that's kind of on my head like every day. That's all I think about, getting that 4th ring."