Chicago, Illinois produces double digit division one players annually, one of their strongest classes upcoming is the 2025 class. One of the standouts in that class is 6'3 Damion Porter Jr. No matter if it was a camp setting or national level tournament, Porter showed up and showed out among the nations elite.
Sometimes the big man can get lost in the shuffle at a camp setting but that wasn't the case with Porter. At the Midwest Spotlight hosted by us, Porter was named the most athletic player. Porter ran the floor extremely well, rebounded on both ends, played hard as well as knocked down the mid range shot. Later in the month of June, Porter went to the Ball is Wife All American Camp and performed the same being named the most athletic player there as well. Porter also went to the Threat Hoops Flight Academy where he was named the 2025 MVP.
The camp settings and accolades are nice but the true value of Porter is in the team setting. Porter played his grade and up a grade with a variety of teams this season. His primary team growing up is Chicago based First Step Redhawks where he was named the teams best overall player for the 2019 season. Porter was going to run with the Louisville Magic team a lot this year before they folded in March. Before folding though he played with them at the Presidents Day Hoops Palooza and helped them to an easy championship win with wins over ITPS Wildcats, St Louis Knights and the Bull City Nets.
Porter Jr. has played multiple tournaments with the Mac Irvin Fire including the championship run at the M.I.T. Could this be the EYBL team that Porter plays with in the future? With all the wins he racked up with other teams, the most tournament wins for Porter came with our #5 ranked team and some ranking service #1 ranked team in the Super Friends. Porter started the year winning the Bulls Eye in Indianapolis with Super Friends and closed the year winning the USBA Nationals in Raleigh.
2020 & BEYOND FOR PORTER
As the turn of the calendar is approaching and 2020 is upon us, look for Porter to only wear two uniforms, Super Friends and Mac Irvin Fire. A big man who is a great passer he also has people around him who understand development. Porter isn't trying to be a point guard and dribble all the time, he is grooming to be a four man who can also play the three position with a consistent jump shot.
Hard work isn't immune to Porter. With kids playing every weekend all over the country you can get caught up in the cycle of travel on Friday, play only games on Saturday and Sunday, rest on Monday and be left with three days to train in the week. Porter doesn't believe in that model, even though he plays on Saturdays and Sundays there isn't a weekend day no matter the city where he and his father aren't up early in the morning finding a local gym to get their individual workout in. Hard work like this is going to pay off for this kid, projected to be between 6'9 and 7'1, he is a top 5 player at minimum in this class, possibly the #1 overall recruit when he becomes a senior.