Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Michael Porter Jr. Leads USA to Victory at FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Newly-minted Washington commit Michael Porter Jr. went for 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the USA to a 103-70 rout of Puerto Rico in the first game for both teams at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.
The 6-foot-9 Porter Jr. committed to Washington on Friday on the eve of the team’s trip to Chile. His father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach and head coach Lorenzo Romar is his Godfather.
Incoming Texas freshman Jarrett Allen (St. Stephen’s Episcopal School/Round Rock, Texas) had 18 points and eight rebounds; Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School/New York, N.Y.) and Washington freshman Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.) each contributed 14 points; and Matt Coleman III (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) tallied 10 points.
P.J. Washington had 10 rebounds for the Americans and Trae Young dished 5 assists.
“I thought we played pretty good in our first game,” said Porter Jr. “There were a lot of areas for improvement, but I thought we played hard.”
“I thought our guys played with really good energy,” said USA U18 and University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart. “We had typical first-game jitters – a lot of execution mistakes and some defensive break downs from a lack of communication, but the energy was really good. And I thought as the game went on, our guys really settled in and played together.”
The Americans play the Virgin Islands on Wednesday.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.