Myron Medcalf, ESPN Staff Writer 217d

Michael Porter Jr. can score, but mom averaged 58.7 PPG as HS senior

Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. is the No. 1 recruit in America per ESPN.com.

He’s also a 6-foot-10 superstar and the projected top pick in the 2018 NBA draft who averaged 36.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.7 blocks as a senior in high school. He could lead Cuonzo Martin's Tigers back to the NCAA tournament in 2017-18.

If he’s anything like his mother, he’ll shine at the next level.

Porter’s mother is arguably the most decorated baller in the Porter family.

Per a Sunday story in the Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), the former Lisa Becker (now Lisa Porter) averaged nearly 60 points per game for Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in the 1982-1983 season.

In 1983, Lisa Becker scored 58.7 points a game for Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School.

"Fifty-eight points a game my senior year, my kids can’t get that," the-now Lisa Porter said with a laugh from her Seattle home recently. The 6-on-6 game that year's Iowa "Miss Basketball" played is something from her era, not theirs.

That’s not a typo.

58.7 PPG.

After high school, Lisa scored more than 1,300 points in her career at the University of Iowa, where she led the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten title and an NCAA tournament appearance. She also connected on a school-record 58.4 percent of her shots as a collegiate freshman in 1983-84.

Her son, Michael Porter Jr., joined Missouri -- along with her husband and new Tigers assistant Michael Porter Sr. -- after recently seeking and gaining his release from Washington following coach Lorenzo Romar's firing.

He clearly hails from a talented family, one where his mother has some serious bragging rights.

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