FAYETTEVILLE — There's a rooting interest for Arkansas fans in the McDonald's All-American Game.
Little Rock Hall forward Bobby Portis, who is a member of Arkansas' 2013 signing class, is participating in the 36th edition of the high school all-star event tonight.
The game, which is held in Chicago's United Center, will be televised by ESPN at 8:30 p.m.
The 6-foot-9 Portis is the 13th player who either signed with or played for the Razorbacks to earn McDonald's All-American honors. He joins a list that includes Al Jefferson (2004), Olu Famutimi (2003), Derek Hood (1995), Kareem Reid (1994), Darnell Robinson (1993), Corliss Williamson (1992), Lee Mayberry (1988), Todd Day (1988), Ron Huery (1986), Andrew Lang (1984), Joe Kleine (1980) and Ricky Norton (1980), according to Arkansas.
“I’m excited for him. I think that’s great news,” Anderson said when Portis was named a McDonald's All-American on Feb. 14. “That just shows the direction we’re going. Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, and you’ve got to have players. We’re excited about he and (signee Moses) Kingsley both.”
The McDonald's All-American game is the first stop in a busy tour for Portis this month.
He also has been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 12. Portis then is scheduled to join for the 2013 USA Junior National Select team for the 16th Annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., on April 20.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau