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Michael Porter Jr. named a Preseason AP All-American

MPJ figures to do big things this year. Unsurprisingly, the AP agrees with that assessment.

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Michael Porter Jr. is an AP All-American. The freshman star for the Missouri Tigers was named to the Preseason All-America team on Monday afternoon. Porter Jr., who received 30 votes from the pollsters, has another accolade to go along with being ESPN’s National Freshman of the Year, the Preseason SEC Player of the Year, Preseason First-Team All-SEC and being featured on the Julius Erving Award watch list.

Mizzou’s star freshman joins some of college basketball’s best on the All-America team. Michigan State Spartans star Miles Bridges heads the group, leading the way with 61 votes. Bridges is in the conversation for the Naismith Award and might as well be the frontrunner for it, given his prospects.

Additionally, Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Bonzie Colson is also on the team. Colson received the second-most votes of anyone, nabbing 47 of them. The LSU Tigers may have to deal with Colson and the Irish in the Maui Invitational this year, should the bracket bounce that way.

Guards Allonzo Trier of the Arizona Wildcats and Jalen Brunson of the Villanova Wildcats were also named to the team. Trier and Brunson had 39 and 33 votes respectively and come into the year with high hopes.

Yante Maten of the Georgia Bulldogs was the only player from the SEC besides MPJ to receive votes from AP pollsters. Maten received exactly one vote.