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Sport Michael Porter Jr. wins MVP in McDonald’s All American Game victory

05:26  30 march  2017
05:26  30 march  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All - American West forward Michael Porter (1) is introduced during player introductions for the 40th Annual McDonald ' s High School All - American Game at the United Center. MORE : Texas signees lead East to overtime win in girls game . Jaylen Hands, a UCLA signee, added 14 points for the West. Mohamed Bamba pumped in 17 points and five rebounds and Kevin Knox posted 15 points for the East. “This game was competitive,” Porter said. “A lot of all-star games guys just run up and down the court, but we were competing.

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CHICAGO - Having gone through the grueling recruitment process already, Michael Porter Jr. didn't envy any of the six players who have yet to decide on where they'll play in college.

Porter was granted a release from Washington on March 22 after head coach Lorenzo Romar was fired.

Two days later he committed to Missouri.

"It's definitely been a fun and stress-free week," Porter said. "I didn't have anything to worry about; just relax and play ball."

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The West defeated the East 109-107 in the 2017 McDonald ' s All - American Game on Wednesday night at United Center in Chicago, as Missouri commit Michael Porter Jr . took home MVP honors. Porter —who recently committed to the Missouri Tigers after the Washington Huskies released him from his national letter of intent—racked up a team-high 17 points as well as eight rebounds, and his two flashiest points came on a big lob finish in the first half, as ESPN documented on Twitter

2017's top player Michael Porter Jr . earned MVP honors at the McDonald ' s All - American Game . The top ranked player in the class of 2017, Porter validated his No. 1 ranking all week in workouts and the skilled 6-foot-9 forward saved some of his best work for Wednesday night in the United Center. “This is a dream come true,” said Porter , who is headed to Missouri. “I just wanted to go out there and have fun but this game was competitive.

He parlayed that easygoing attitude into a 17-point performance, leading the West past the East 109-107 and claiming the MVP hardware at the McDonald's All American Game Wednesday night at the United Center.

Jaylen Hands, a UCLA signee, added 14 points for the West. Mohamed Bamba pumped in 17 points and five rebounds and Kevin Knox posted 15 points for the East.

"This game was competitive," Porter said. "A lot of all-star games guys just run up and down the court, but we were competing. To be MVP of this game means the world to me. It's an amazing feeling."

The East kept a narrow lead the entire first half due in large part to Collin Sexton's ability to get by the West's guards, penetrate into the lane and find the open man.

Sexton, an Alabama signee, controlled the tempo and racked up six assists, mostly on mind-boggling alley-oops on fast breaks.

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View All 2017 McDonald ' s All American Games . The accolades and awards keep stacking up for the Missouri-bound Porter . In addition to the event’s MVP honors, he also was named the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this month. Michael porter jr .

The McDonald ' s All - American Game is the all-star basketball game played each year for American and Canadian boys' and girls' high school basketball graduates.

Porter kept the West in the game, leading all scorers with 12 points in the first half.

The East shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half and led 56-50 at halftime.

The second half was a role reversal.

The West capitalized off of the East's miscues, turning them into transition scores on the other end.

The West led by as many as seven in the second half, but the East went on a 7-0 run and tied it at 83 with 9:45 left in regulation on Quade Green's three-pointer from the right wing.

The West countered with a 23-14 run, capped off by Trae Young's NBA three-pointer from the top of the key, to build a nine-point cushion late.

The East cut it to two, 109-107, with 1:02 left in the game on Mohamed Bamba's dunk and in the waning seconds they had three attempts that they were either missed or blocked.

"We had a chip on our shoulders after losing the scrimmage game yesterday," said Troy Brown Jr., an Oregon signee who scored 12 points for the West. "They were doing a lot of talking so we wanted to come out and get it done."

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