Portis Named McDonald's All-American

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how Arkansas basketball signee Bobby Portis (6-10, 225) of Little Rock Hall has joined a prestigious list in being named to the 2013 McDonald 's All-American game to join earlier selections to the Jordan Brand Classic game and the Nike Hoops Summit squad.

McDonald's serves millions a year, but it only names 24 All-Americans.

Arkansas signee Bobby Portis (6-10, 225) of Little Rock Hall has been selected as one of those who will play in this game April 3 at Chicago's United Center.

"Any player growing up playing basketball dreams of being named a McDonald's All-American and I am very honored to be named to the team," Portis said. "It was one of my goals and I am happy to be representing Little Rock Hall and the University of Arkansas."

Former Razorback McDonald's All-Americans include Joe Kleine (1980), Ricky Norton (1980), Willie Cutts (1982), Andrew Lang (1984), Ron Huery (1986), Todd Day (1988), Lee Mayberry (1988), Corliss Williamson (1992) and Darnell Robinson (1993), Derek Hood (1995), Glendon Alexander (1996), Kareem Reid (1996), and Olu Famutimi (2003).

Former McDonald's All Americans include current NBA players Kevin Durant, Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Byrant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard and former greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Patrick Ewing.

"When you think about playing in a game that Kevin Durant and LeBron and Kobe have played in, it kind of blows your mind," Portis said. "But it also makes you want to work even harder."

Portis, currently nursing a sore ankle, is averaging 20.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.3 blockers per game this season and is a 5-star prospect per Scout.com.

He joins former Sylvan Hills star and current Kentucky player Archie Goodwin in being named to the McDonald's Game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic on April 13 and the Nike Hoop Summit game April 20 in Portland, Oregon.

"That's the trifecta for Bobby and the second year in a row that a kid from Arkansas has been selected to all three," Arkansas Wings coach Ron Crawford said. "I can't tell you how proud I am of him.

"He goes from not starting in the state title game as a sophomore to being one of the top 10 players in the country as a senior," Crawford added. "It's all about the hard work he has put in and being in the gym every day trying to get better."

He is currently ranked No. 17 in the latest Scout.com rankings while fellow Razorback signee Moses Kingsley of Huntington (WV) Prep (25-2) comes in at 39 in the same rankings.

"I'm excited for him," Anderson said. "I think that's great news. That just shows the direction we're going. Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, and you've got to have players. We're excited about he and Kingsley both."

Hall is 19-5 overall and 11-0 in 7A/6A Central conference play after a 45-31 road win over Little Rock Catholic Tuesday night without Portis.

The Warriors host Russellville Friday before a Tuesday showdown with visiting Little Rock Parkview (16-2, 10-1) – a team Hall beat 57-52 back on Jan. 22.

The Patriots feature 5-11 junior point guard Anton Beard, who de-comitted from Missouri earlier this week.

"Things have gone really well for us as a team, especially since we have been in conference play," Portis said. "We just have to keep pushing toward a state title. We want that fourth state title in a row. That would really be something to remember and have as a legacy."

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