Laytwan Porter has made the most of his first year's opportunity with NIU Huskies men's basketball. He reflected positively before the team heads to the Vegas 16 tournament.
"You know it went well. Just off and on playing time, just getting in and making the best of it and playing hard every time i got in."
The former Auburn Knight has appeared in all 33 NIU games this season, making an immediate and meaningful impression on his head coach.
"You know Laytwan Porter is an energy guy. Sometimes he's playing starting minutes," said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. "He was always in the playing rotation, great practice player, good teammate, really plays hard. He's just getting more and more experience. Next year, he's probably going to have to play that one position."
Averaging 5 points and 17 minutes as a freshman Huskie, Porter fit right into their transition attack after shining in a similar high motor system at Auburn.
"It's something I did all my life playing with Prime Time. It felt great doing the same thing I did just getting better at it."
Porter never forgets where he comes from - he was bursting with pride and excitement watching the Knights make their run to state this year.
"It felt great, Trayvon Tyler getting down state his senior year, I'm proud of him. He played tremendous, I really think he should've won the MVP. The critics out there, they talk. I'm happy for those guys, they played hard, they played with heart this season."
Porter thrives in that emotions-on-your-sleeve style which he learned playing with Bryan Ott's Knights. He never hesitates to show his gratitude.
"I mean it's always important showing that their success is being recognized. I just felt like it was the right thing to do to reach out to coach and tell him congratulations. We were upset last year, but I felt great this time."
Porter's Auburn senior season was cut short in the sectional finals. Now his Huskies are playing in the postseason in his first year, where he and NIU will look to push the pace under the bright lights of Las Vegas.