Michael Porter Jr. named MVP of McDonald's All-American Game

By Ron Clements 30 March 2017 210
Michael Porter Jr. named MVP of McDonald's All-American Game

Michael Porter Jr. continued to show why he's considered the nation's top high school basketball recruit.

The University of Missouri recruit and national player of the year was named MVP of Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago after scoring a game-high 17 points and pulling down eight rebounds.

Porter led the West team to a 109-107 win over the East team, which was led by 17 points by Mohamed Bama, a 6-11 center from West Chester, Pa.. Bamba, who has yet to commit to a college, had four blocks, including a big-time rejection of Porter.

Porter and younger brother Jontay led Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo., to a Missouri Class 3 state championship last year. The two then led Nathan Hale High School to a Washington Class 3 state title this year. Michael Porter Jr. was named the Gatorade Player of the Year and the Naismith Prep Player of the Year after averaging 36.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.

The 6-10 forward was granted a release from his commitment to the University of Washington after his father left the school last week to join Cuonzo Martin's staff at Mizzou in a hire that was made official last Thursday.

Wednesday's game was fairly sloppy with 42 combined turnovers and even Porter admitted to being out of rhythm. The two teams were 11 of 53 from behind the 3-point line. But there were several highlights, with alley-oops and dunks as 10 players scored in double figures. 

Kevin Knox II, an uncommitted 6-8 forward from Tampa, scored 15 points for the East. Western Kentucky recruit Mitchell Robinson, a 6-11 center from Chalmette, La., scored 14 points. Wendell Carter Jr., a 6-9 Duke commit from Atlanta, scored 10 points. 

Jaylen Hands, a 6-3 guard from El Cajon, Calif, who is headed to UCLA, scored 14 points for the West. Another San Diego native, 6-11 center Brandon L. McCoy, who is undecided, scored 13 points. Troy Brown Jr., a 6-7 Oregon recruit from Las Vegas, scored 12 points, while Billy Preston, a 6-10 Kansas recruit from Virginia, and Chuck O'Bannon Jr, a 6-6 Las Vegas native headed to USC, added 10 points apiece. 

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