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Missouri commit Michael Porter Jr. named MVP of McDonald’s All American game

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The nation’s best freshman-to-be scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

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Mizzou fans had a reason to watch the McDonald’s All American game for the first time in a while, and those who did were rewarded. The object of their affection, recent commit Michael Porter Jr., won MVP honors and led his West team to a 109-107 win over the East.

Porter joins elite company with his MVP award: previous winners include Alonzo Mourning (1988), Shaquille O'Neal (1989), Chris Webber (1991), Kevin Garnett (1995), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Kevin Durant (2007), Michael Beasley (2007), Tyreke Evans (2008), Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger (2010), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2011), Aaron Gordon (2013), Jahlil Okafor (2014), and Josh Jackson (2016).

Final stats can be found here:

Porter was 6-for-13 from the floor — 6-for-9 on 2s and 0-for-4 on 3s — and 5-for-8 from the free throw line. He grabbed four offensive and four defensive rebounds, had one steal, and committed one turnover and one foul. The West trailed by six at halftime but outscored the East by eight in the second half.

Among the East's leaders were new Mizzou target Kevin Knox II; the 6'8 wing from Tampa scored 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

You can only glean so much about a player from an all-star game, but needless to say, you’d rather guy be MVP than not be MVP.

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