Mizzou fans are excited to have the nation’s No. 1 recruit Michael Porter Jr. coming to campus. They’re thrilled to have his father on the coaching staff, they love that his sister stars on the Mizzou women’s basketball team that is coached by his aunt and they’re hoping that his 5-star brother will soon join the men’s basketball program as well.
But perhaps it’s the eligibility of Lisa Porter that Mizzou fans should be checking into for the upcoming season.
The matriarch of the Porter hoops family was apparently quite the baller herself back in the day.
According to a report from The Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Mike Hlas, Lisa Porter (then known as Lisa Becker) averaged 58.7 points per game during her senior year of high school.
“Fifty-eight points a game my senior year, my kids can’t get that,” the-now Lisa Porter said with a laugh from her Seattle home recently.
Of course, this accomplishment didn’t go unnoticed in the state of Iowa. She went on to play for the University of Iowa and played professionally in France. She also played for the 1983 U.S. Olympic Festival North Team and 1985 USA R. Williams Jones Cup Team, per daughter Cierra’s Mizzou biography.
According to his 247Sports profile, Michael Jr. averaged 37 points per game in 2016-17 at Nathan Hale High in Seattle. That may be good enough to earn the 6-foot-10 forward the distinction as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017 according to the site’s composite rankings, but it still leaves him 21.7 points per game short of his mother’s high school performance.
While we’re sure you’re ready to offer a rebuttal about skill level of opponents, we’d advise you not cross the mother of eight. She’s obviously doing something right, and sometimes its best to leave the legends of yesterday alone.