From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior forward, Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)
Greatness Present: All Bobby Portis does is win. The 6-foot-9 forward led Hall to its fourth straight state title this year, pacing the Warriors over Jonesboro (Ark.) in the Class 6A finale, 34-33. (If you’re wondering how that’s possible, Arkansas has no shot clock.) He recorded a game-high 10 points and 17 rebounds.
For the season, Portis averaged 20.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game. He was selected to both the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American Game.
Greatness Past: Ranked the No. 13 recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, Portis also wins in the offseason. He was the MVP of the 2012 AAU National Championships, leading the Arkansas Wings to the title.
Greatness Future: Portis has signed with Arkansas.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.