It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for the No. 1 high school basketball recruit in the country. Once committed to play his college ball at the University Washington, Michael Porter Jr. reopened his recruitment when Washington’s head coach was recently fired. That move eventually led Porter to sign with the University of Missouri, landing him back in the community where he spent most of his childhood and instantly turning a downtrodden Mizzou hoops program into the talk of college basketball.
Through it all though, Porter’s No. 1 ranking hasn’t slipped. He was named the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year this winter after averaging 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game for Nathan Hale High School and winning a state championship. He was then named MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Porter will look to lead Mizzou out of the doldrums and back into relevancy in the fall. And though his family is full of basketball players (his two sisters play for Mizzou’s women’s basketball team, his younger brother is a top-5o recruit, and his dad is an assistant coach on Mizzou’s staff), he might get most of his talent from his mother.
Lisa Porter grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she attended Jefferson High School. Standing 6-foot-4, she averaged an insane 58.7 points per game as a senior in 1983. She was named Iowa’s “Miss Basketball” that year, as if the title could’ve been give to anyone else. Making her numbers even more impressive? Iowa played basketball as a game of 6-on-6 at the time, so the court was even more crowded.
“Fifty-eight points a game my senior year, my kids can’t get that,” she told The Gazette, Cedar Rapids’ main newspaper.
Porter went on to play college basketball at the University of Iowa, where she scored 1,335 points and led the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten title and first NCAA Tournament berth.
No matter how good Michael Porter Jr. is as a freshman at Mizzou, he’ll never come close to posting the type of astronomical numbers his mother did over 30 years ago.
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