Going Global

Arkansas basketball commitment Bobby Portis (6-9, 225) has added another prestigious event to his busy summer playing schedule and talks about that honor and his visit to Fayetteville on Friday and Saturday along with Wings AAU teammate and Razorback target Moses Kingsley (6-9, 230).

Arkansas five-star basketball commitment and Little Rock Hall power forward Bobby Portis is taking his game Global after spending a weekend hanging out with the NBA MVP.

Portis (6-9, 225), who took an unofficial visit Friday and Saturday to Fayetteville along with Arkansas Wings teammate and fellow Razorback target Moses Kingsley (6-9, 230), was one of 30 players recently selected for the Nike Global Challenge.

That event will be held July 13-15 in Washington, D.C. and feature teams from Brazil, Canada, China, Lithuania, Puerto Rico and a trio of USA teams.

"I am real happy about being selected and it really is an honor to play for my country," Portis said. "I am really looking forward to going up against the best players in the United States and these other countries."

Portis, ranked 25th in the country by Scout.com, has been to both the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp and the Amar'e Stoudamire Camps so far this summer.

He is set to attend the LeBron James Skill Academy beginning Friday in Las Vegas and then the Wings will play in the 24-team Nike Peach Jam on July 18-22 in North Augusta, S.C.

"I have really had a fun summer so far and believe I am just getting better all the time," Portis said. "I am working hard every day to get better."

Seeing as how he is a big fan of both James and the NBA champion Miami Heat, Portis is especially excited about going to the MVP's camp.

"I think LeBron just had a great season and the team really took off in the playoffs when he was playing the four (power forward)," Portis said. "They also really got together and played as a team and I was very happy that they won it all."

Portis and Kingsley – a four-star prospect and ranked 52nd nationally by Scout.com - got to play some pick-up games with the current Razorbacks on Friday afternoon.

"I think our new guys really have a lot of talent and we are going to have a great year," Portis said. "I think we are going to win over 20 games and make the tournament and get this program back to where it used to be."

It would certainly help that cause if Portis could get Kingsley – regarded as the nation's seventh-best center prospect - to join him at Arkansas.

"Moses really loves Arkansas and the coaches and I think we really have a great shot to sign him," Portis said. "I know Louisville and Florida are really working on him, too, but I like our chances to get him."

Portis and Kingsley – both practicing with the Wings in Little Rock now - were a dominant front line this spring for their AAU team.

"We play so well together and that's one reason that I want him to play with me at Arkansas," Portis said. "It's like the things I do well and the things he does well match up to make a perfect thing out there on the court."

Portis is also trying to help the Razorbacks recruit several other players such as Dallas area standouts Jordan Mickey and Kendal Harris – who both took visits to Arkansas this past week as well.

"I'm talking to Moses, Jordan Mickey, Kendal Harris and guys like Nick King, JaJuan Johnson, Jonathan Williams, Ish Wainwright and Robert Hubbs," Portis said. "I am just trying to do my part."





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