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.
NEW YORK — After earning MVP honors in the McDonald’s All-American Game and helping the U.S. to victory in the Nike Hoop Summit, Michael Porter Jr. will miss the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday in Brooklyn with a sore back, he told ZAGSBLOG.
Mizzou commit Michael Porter Jr. just told me he won’t play tonight in the @JordanClassic. Has a sore back. Was MVP of @McDAAG
The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. sat out both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices here in New York. He put some shots up during breaks on Thursday at Terminal 23 and also chatted with former NBA great Ray Allen.
“It got tight over the Hoop Summit,” the 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. told me Wednesday after practice. “I was thinking about not playing in that game but I had to represent the country, you know. But out here, I’m just trying to get it feeling better. It just tightened up over at the Hoop Summit.”