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Arkansas Wings To Take On Portis' Name

The Arkansas Wings will take on the name of former Arkansas and Wings standout Bobby Portis.

Add former Arkansas basketball star Bobby Portis to the list of NBA players who now have their name attached to AAU basketball teams.

Arkansas Wings organizer Ron Crawford and Portis announced Thursday afternoon that the Wings will become Team Portis Wings Elite.

"Me and Coach Crawford had been sitting down the last month and a half and we have decided that we will come together with the AAU program and name it Team Portis Wings Elite and partner up with the kids," Portis said. "It is going to be for the kids and hoping to get scholarships for them to play on the college level whether it be Division I, Division II or anything."

Crawford lauded the character of Portis, who joined the Wings when he was 11 and was coached by former Arkansas star and NBA player Corliss Williamson at that time.

"Bobby Portis epitomizes what the program is about,” Crawford said. "When you take a young man that worked as hard as he worked through the adversity, a broken wrist in the ninth grade, a loaded team his sophomore season and improving so much, it is just special and he is a great young man."

Portis, a Little Rock native who played for the Wings, was the SEC Player of the Year in 2014-2015 and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 22nd pick in the NBA draft.

He averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds his rookie season while playing in 62 of 82 games and averaging 17.8 minutes per game.

"It was a little crazy season," Portis said. "Going from adjusting to the Bulls and not playing like the first 15 games, waiting my turn and finally getting to be a part."

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