Talk of the Town – Kevin Porter Jr.


Posted On: 12/8/17 1:50 PM

It’s early, but Kevin Porter Jr. has officially laid down a marker in the race for the season’s best highlight.

During Rainier Beach’s (Seattle) season-opening victory against crosstown rival Chief Sealth, Kevin Porter Jr. stole the show with the jaw-dropping move you see above. First, he went behind the back to evade a pair of foes in the open court. Then he went around-the-world behind the back to create space close to the rim, setting himself up for a dunk on top of Chief Sealth’s Elijah Jackson.

Porter Jr.’s dunk was remarkable, but his reaction was just as impressive, in part because of his restraint. Yes, Porter Jr. turned back up court flexing to the crowd, but any normal human being would have been even more excited.

The real question, following a dunk like that, is how Porter Jr. isn’t a five-star rated prospect. If he can pull magic like that out of his hat next year at USC, Andy Enfield’s team may have a major game-changer on its hands.

Want more? Here are complete Porter Jr. highlights from the faceoff, which are well worth watching more than once.

Seattle is responsible for producing some of the toughest guards in recent NBA history, from Isaiah Thomas, to Jason Terry, to Rodney Stuckey, to Tony Wroten, to Nate Robinson, to Gary Payton, to Zach LaVine, to Doug Christie to Jamal Crawford to Avery Bradley, it’s an impressive list that any region would hard-pressed to top.

University of Southern California four-star recruit Kevin Porter Jr. is Seattle’s next NBA guard prospect. Porter currently plays for Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, and made his commitment to USC public in a tweet last July.

There’s no telling what kind of player Porter Jr. is going to be when he suits up for USC next year, but he’s got two attributes that’ll make him a must-see college basketball player. One, he can dunk like his Seattle brother Zach LaVine, and two, Kid Groovy is an A+ nickname.

Without hyperbole, this double behind-the-back dunk on poor #22 is one of the single most impressive basketball plays we’ve ever seen. The way Porter perfectly navigates through the defense from halfcourt and on is so clean it almost looks staged.