When you think of a family with the talent for basketball running in their veins, the family of Michael Porter Jr who has been rated the nation’s top recruit by ESPN naturally comes to mind. Michael’s parents were all professional basketball players with his dad still holding forte as a coach while his seven siblings are all active basketballers at different levels in the nation.
Michael who was homeschooled up to high school age joined Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia in ninth grade and led the school to its debut basketball title in his junior year with an average of 28.5 points, 3.4 assists and 11.8 rebounds. He attended the University of Missouri where he was active in college basketball. Presently, the young star is playing professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets after his 2018 National Basketball Association draft as the 14th overall pick.
As he is still very much new in professional basketball, the young star’s net worth is currently under review although some sources that are not so reliable have pegged it at a handsome $10 million.
Family – Parents and Brothers
It was the ultimate romantic introduction sometime in the early 1990s when a young guy named Michael Porter with a bag of ice strapped on each of his knees was on his way out of a YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio, where he had been practicing with his basketball team and came across a young woman; Lisa Becker, who was about to become a part of the Women’s basketball team and was on her way in. What began that day in the gym birthed eight kids twenty years later with the former Division-l athletes as the matriarch and patriarch of the first family of Columbia basketball.
Talking about the rest of the family; Robin Pingeton, the Missouri women’s basketball Coach is Lisa’s sister, Michael Sr currently works as an assistant coach for the MU women’s team. The older Porter daughters Bri and Cierra; were part of the Rock Bridge Girls basketball team who earned three straight state titles. Bri later moved to Missouri while Cierra is scheduled to join her after her final run as a Bruin. According to ESPN, the eldest son Michael Porter Jr is the No.2 nationally in the 2017 class and the leader of the top-ranked boy’s basketball team of Tolton and his younger brother Jontay is a freshman for the Trailblazers and also a D-I prospect. The younger four Porters namely Coban, Jevon, Izaak, and Jayda are all active basketball players and soon, it is expected that Columbia will be awash with Porter basketballers for the foreseeable future.
The matriarch of the Porter family Lisa, was quite the baller herself. During her active years in the field of play, with a high average of 58.7 points per game in high school, she was quite an indefatigable player. She played college basketball for the University of Iowa and played professional basketball in France. More importantly, she played in the United States Olympic Festival North Team in 1983 and the USA William Jones Cup Team of 1985. With all her achievements, she is definitely worthy to be counted as one of the legends of yesterday.
Michael Porter Jr’s Girlfriend
Porter is in a romantic relationship with Madison Pettis who is famous as a former Disney Channels actress. Madison is best known for her role in the Disney film titled Cory in the House where she was cast as Sophie Martinez, she is also famous for The Game Plan and Barney and Friends in her acting career that began from 2005 when she was still a kid till now that she has just hit her twenties. When asked how and where they met, Michael Porter Jr laughingly said that Madison told him not to share that story, though there is every indication that the young lovers are happy together and it looks like they are set to spend a long time together as a couple.
As height is a very important ingredient in the game of basketball, it is expected that every player attains a great height of over six feet in order to have the height advantage in the field of play. Michael is no exception, the Denver Nuggets small forward stands at a great height of 6 feet 8 inches, 208 cm and weighs a corresponding 98 kg or 215 lbs to go with his gigantic height. The details of his other body stats are not known.