When you and your brother play the same sport, comparisons will abound early and often.
When that older brother happens to be Michael Porter Jr, the top-ranked prep basketball player in the 2017 class, the quest to stand out likely increases tenfold.
Yet here is Jontay Porter, star forward for MOKAN Elite and your Most Valuable Player from EYBL Indianapolis. The leader for the defending champs not only continued his stellar play from Hampton, he improved across the board and more importantly, led his team to a second consecutive 4-0 weekend and the best mark in the league.
Porter had a phenomenal opening weekend, averaging a double-double and erasing any doubts that MOKAN would be just as dangerous as last year. In fact, nobody would have faulted us for handing the MVP to this young man last weekend, but Porter kept his head down and turned in an even better all-around performance.
Head coach Chris Neff deploys an eight-man rotation, so Porter’s production is vital in a thin frontcourt. He’s hit numerous big shots during the eight game stretch, turning MOKAN into the best late-game squad on the circuit. He’s more of a point-forward, and has the ability to do the little things on top of run on offense.
Jontay carried a wealth of experience into the 2017 season, helping his brother, Trae Young and his MOKAN family take home the 2017 Peach Jam championship. A new role presented itself, and the younger Porter has flourished.
No one roots harder for Jontay than his older brother. There is a chance he will reclassify and join Michael in the 2017 class, but for now, the EYBL is his for the taking.
The 6-foot-10 Porter is on the short list for regular season MVP honors, and his presence make MOKAN a legitimate contender to defend their July crown.