Taking a Closer Look at the Number One Overall Recruit: Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr. brings in the new era of college basketball players. He is the clear No. 1 recruit in the 2018 class according to ESPN.com. We will see just how good he can be come November.

The 6-foot-10 superstar put up some absurd stats in his senior year to help him finish on top of ESPN’s top 100 high school players in the country. He averaged 36.2 points per game, 13.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.7 blocks. I guess you could say that’s how you fill up a stat sheet.

Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr. goes in for a dunk in his game in the state quarterfinals in March (Photo/ Johnny Andrews)

Porter, who was once a Washington signee, is now headed to Missouri. The switch happened after former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was fired and replaced with long time Syracuse assistant coach, Mike Hopkins.

After former Washington assistant coach Michael Porter Sr. was awarded a position in Missouri’s coaching staff, his son Porter Jr. followed. This arguably was Missouri’s biggest recruit ever, and undoubtedly their biggest recruit in the past decade. Their highest ranked recruit before Porter was Montaque Gill-Caesar, who was ranked 41st in ESPN’s top 100.

Porter, who is already projected to go No. 1 overall in next year’s draft, comes into Missouri with scouts raving of his talents. Porter has an unbelievable combination and balance of physic and skill. The 18-year-old stands 6-foot-10, 215 pounds for a unique brew of size, length, bounce and skill that makes him the best player in the class.

He is versatile on the perimeter despite his size. He is able step back and tack the long jumper and can virtually get whatever shot off he wants because of his long frame.

Porter is also very comfortable in running the floor and in space, which is unique for a player his size. He has displayed the ability to shoot the 3-pointer or take a couple dribbles and pull up for a mid-range jumper. He has also shown a nice touch around the rim, and his ability to finish above the rim is greatly evident.

He’s basically got everything that entails a superstar, and that’s just on the court. Off the court, he is also one of the most interesting recruits in the country, starting with his family.

Michael Porter Jr.

Porter was named MVP of this year’s McDonald’s All American game this year (AP Photo)

Porter has basketball in his blood. His father, of course, is now on the coaching staff at Missouri and was previously on the staff at Washington. His mother was also an elite basketball athlete in high school. As stated previously, Porter averaged 36.2 points per game in high school, which is 22.5 points fewer than his mother.

That’s right. Porter’s mother, Lisa Porter, averaged 58.7 points per game.

Not a typo.

She went on to play for the University of Iowa and scored over 1,300 points in her career. She also lead Iowa to their first Big Ten title.

On top of that, Porter is dating actress Madison Pettis, who is best known for her appearance as Dwayne Johnson’s daughter in “The Game Plan.”

Regardless of his off-the-court life, what most people should be concerned with is what he can do on the court. There is no question he is the best recruit this year coming out of high school and there is no question that the kid can hoop.

A talent like that could make Missouri relevant again in the win column and maybe help them to another tournament appearance. That is something that they haven’t seen in a long time.

 

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Armada Wins UGC Smash Open Slowing Mew2King’s Special Losers Bracket Run

photo courtesy of twitch.tv/ugc

photo courtesy of twitch.tv/ugc

The streak of major wins continues as Adam “Armada” Lindgren was able to win his third straight major tournament at the UGC Open Series. His win comes over Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman who had his own special run through losers bracket on Sunday in St, Louis, Mo.

Armada is coming off a win last week at Dreamhack, and is hitting his stride in the last month. The first set of grand finals loss to M2K was only the second set loss he’s had in a month. Fortunately, he had a pretty clean road to grand finals aside from his matches with M2K and Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma in winners final, but still managed to advance.

Hungrybox took Armada to last game, last stock but Armada entered that stock on Dreamland with a lead and finished the job. Hungrybox managed to win the first two games on battlefield and final destination, but Armada played a strong zoning game and won the Dreamland counter picks. Armada moves to 4-1 against Hbox in the last three tournaments.

As for grand finals, Armada had to work extremely hard to overcome M2K’s smothering Marth. M2K won the first set 3-1, resetting the bracket. He was on fire for most of the afternoon after he got beat by Edgar “N0ne” Sheleby’s Falcon, sending him to the losers bracket. His tear included a game 5 win over Joseph “Mango” Marquez and Hungrybox. The entire losers run is filled with excellent talent, including the same man that sent him to losers: N0ne (3-0).

Mew 2 King after his 3-2 win over Hungrybox (photo cred. Twitch.tv/UGC)

Mew 2 King after his 3-2 win over Hungrybox (photo cred. Twitch.tv/UGC)

The run had M2K going 24-11, all against top players and three gods. Notably, he had an incredible day and he almost pulled it off. Unfortunately for him, he faced the one player who’s situated to deal with someone who’s playing at their best in Armada. After an extremely quick first set loss for Armada, he switched up his entire Peach strategy and won three of the next four games and the trophy.

Armada, as he always does, nearly swept every opponent he faced outside the top five in bracket. The one loss he took was to Sami “DruggedFox” Muhanna, but won the set 3-1. Overall he was 16-7 and only had to switch off his main character in Peach to face Hungrybox. He epitomizes consistency and is without a doubt the hardest player in the world to take a stock from.

Armada ends the year with four major wins and some close second place finishes. It’s hard seeing a scenario where he’s not the worlds best player in 2016. UGC is a good place to end the year for Armada.

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