It’s one thing to be complimenting by writers and fans. Missouri basketball commit Michael Porter, Jr., arguably the top player in his class has heard from those people plenty of times before. But it’s another thing when one of your peers — especially when that peer is the player competing with you for the top spot in your class — says something like what Arizona commit DeAndre Ayton said on Wednesday.
When asked about Porter, Jr., Ayton said the following:
#Arizona commit DeAndre Ayton says of Michael Porter Jr.: "He's like the Kevin Durant of our high school class."
— Nick Medline (@NickMedline) March 29, 2017
This certainly isn’t the first time anyone has compared Porter, Jr. to Kevin Durant. At close to 6’10, and with the ability to move, shoot and handle the ball like a much smaller player, it’s a natural one to make. But for Ayton, a 7’0 center from Phoenix, to single Porter, Jr. out in that way tells you just how respected he is, not just by his onlookers, but the players who share the floor with him.
You can watch Porter, Jr., Ayton, and numerous other top recruits during Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago.