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Men's Basketball - Thu, May 11, 2017

Click to read more. Story by Ashland Daily Independent.

You could've colored two-time NCCAA II All-American Hayden Dunn impressed.

Elliott County's Chase Porter joined the Kentucky Christian University senior-to-be and other Knights for open-gym sessions over the last few weeks.

KCU coach Grady Lowe said Dunn approached him not long after Porter's first workout.

"Hayden Dunn came over and said, 'Chase is the real thing, isn't he?'" Lowe recalled. "Then different ones would ask, 'Chase is coming, isn't he?' 'When's he gonna sign?'"

Porter signed a letter of intent with KCU on Tuesday afternoon at Elliott County High School.

Lowe rattled off Porter's assets like a kid with a Christmas list.

"He can play three positions, he can handle the basketball, he rebounds, he passes well — you know, he averaged about seven assists a game! That's not good, that's great — and he has range, and can finish at the basket," Lowe said. "Above all that, he is basketball-smart. … If I sound tickled, it's because I am."

Elliott County coach Greg Adkins said KCU is a "quality program" that "got a steal in Chase."

Porter was a central piece on each of the three 16th Region championship teams Elliott County has boasted since 2014-15. As a senior, the 6-foot-2 Lion averaged 15.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and three steals per game.

"The mark he's left on Elliott County basketball is nothing short of amazing," Adkins said.

Porter will certainly miss hoops in Sandy Hook, but Grayson isn't far down the road. He chose KCU over Transylvania, Pikeville and a few others.

Porter earned the Lusby Scholarship, which significantly helped cover the financial aspect of attending KCU.

"It made it a no-brainer," he said. "A big thing for me was my family can still come and watch me. Coach Adkins can still come, too."

Porter will join a number of Knights with area ties, including Trenton Walker (Lewis Co.), Nick Miller (Ashland), Conner Gauze (Boyd Co.) and fellow incoming freshman Alex Gauze (Boyd Co.).

The Knights went 18-14 this past season, collecting an NCCAA II national runner-up finish in the process.

Porter looks forward to Lowe's tutelage.

"He's a good Christian man," Porter said. "That was real important to me. When I'm there, he'll have my best interests and look out for me like I'm one of his."

Porter said he is currently undecided about a major.

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