None of the current members of the Arkansas basketball team have ever had the pleasure of playing in the McDonald's All-American.
But that's about to change as Razorback 2013 signee Bobby Portis (6-10, 220) of Little Rock Hall is one of 24 players – 10 of whom will be playing in the SEC next season - who will hit the court for Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American game in Chicago.
Portis is coming off a senior season in which he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game while leading the Warriors to their fourth straight state title – of which Portis has been on hand for three.
"When you grow up and are playing in high school, you dream of being able to play in the McDonald's game," Portis said. "It is one of the goals I set before this season and I am very honored to be named to the team. I just want to go out and represent the Razorbacks, our fans and the state."
The game – which features a whopping six Kentucky signees or commits - is at 8:30 p.m and will be televised by ESPN.
Portis, who will wear number 16, is a member of the West squad. That team includes four of the six Kentucky signees in the game in 6-6 guard James Young, 6-10 forward Marcus Lee and 6-6 twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison along with a future LSU player in 6-9 power forward Jarrell Martin.
The East squad is headed up by unsigned Andrew Wiggins (6-8, 205)– a teammate of Razorback signee Moses Kingsley (6-10, 220) at Huntington (WV) Prep and someone who is also considering Kentucky – along with Wildcat signees in 6-11, 250-pound center Dakari Johnson and 6-9, 245-pound forward Julius Randle along with a pair of Florida signees - Chris Walker (6-10, 215) and Kasey Hill (6-1, 180).
Scout.com recruiting analyst Josh Gershon had this to say about Portis after watching him in Monday practices for the event.
"Portis missed some shots he usually makes, but really played hard on both sides of the court and made a commitment to defense and rebounding that not everyone else in the gym had," Gershon said. "He blocked shots, was in search of offensive rebounds and even hit a three off the catch. Portis played with some good energy on Monday."
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Rutgers signee Tyler Scaife of Little Rock Hall is playing the girls McDonald's All-American game.
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