Michael Porter Jr. handed Missouri fans an appetizer before the game, and then he delivered the entrée by earning MVP at the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night.
A 6-foot-10, 213-pound small forward, Porter finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with 8 rebounds as he led the West to a 109-107 victory against the East at the United Center in Chicago.
Chants of “M-I-Z-Z-O-U!” broke out after it was announced that he had won the honor.
The No. 2 prospect in the college basketball’s 2017 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, Porter gave his verbal commitment to the Tigers last Friday, choosing Missouri over Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA among others.
Porter had been committed to Washington, where his father was an assistant coach. However, the elder Michael Porter left to become an assistant to new Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. The younger Porter followed, and could be joined by brother Jontay, a top prospect in the 2018 recruiting class.
The Porter brothers played in Washington while their father was on the Huskies coaching staff. But they began their high school play in Columbia while their father was on the Mizzou women’s coaching staff. Two Porter sisters play for the Tigers.
Wednesday was Michael Porter Jr.’s night in the national spotlight.
“It’s just a dream come true for me, man,” Porter told ESPN after the game. “I’ve been working for this my whole life. It was such an exciting game and I feel blessed to be here.”
No. 1 recruit Michael Porter Jr. got way ? for this alley-oop. pic.twitter.com/OdF2x4Xsxg
— ESPN (@espn) March 30, 2017
In the 40th anniversary of the nation’s premier high school all-star game, Porter made a big impact in the paint, especially early on as he scored 12 of his 17 in the first half.
The West survived after a late basket by the East’s Mohamed Bamba, the nation’s No. 3 prospect, came just after the final buzzer.
“I know a lot of all-star games, people just come out here and play around, but we were actually going hard,” Porter said. “This win wasn’t easy and the last couple minutes were rough.”
— Overtime (@overtime) March 30, 2017