Michael Porter Jr. is an American professional basketball player who as a small forward for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. He went to Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, Missouri, before transferring to Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington, in his senior year.
Porter averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds and led Nathan Hale to an unbeaten record, winning the Washington Class 3A State Championship.
Porter participated in the Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic in 2017. He swept all major high school basketball awards for 2017 as he won Mr. Basketball USA, USA Today Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, Naismith Prep Player of the Year and Washington Mr. Basketball. He also won the MVP during the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game.
Porter attended the University of Missouri where his father was an assistant coach for Missouri Tigers. He suffered a lower back injury just two minutes into the first game and missed nearly his entire rookie season. He underwent a season-ending micro discectomy surgery. On his return, in March he came off the bench in the two games he played as a precautionary measure.
Porter was drafted with the 14th pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2018 NBA draft. He underwent a second back surgery on July, 19,2018 and likely to miss entire of the 2018-19 season.