Mario Porter 6-6 210 F
Named first team All-MAAC in 2000-2001, finishing second in the MAAC in scoring, third in field goal percentage, sixth in steals (45) and 10th in rebounding. Two time member All-Metropolitan Basketball Writer's Association basketball team. Porter was named NJ HOOPS magazine Division I Player of the Month for January 2001 and the Rider Male Athlete of the Month for December 2000 and January 2001. Ranked first on the team in field goals and free throws made…led the team in scoring average, steals and minutes played and was second on the team in rebounding average and blocked shots. Scored in double digits in 55 of his last 58 games and scored 20+ points in 24 of his last 58 games. Has been Rider's leading scorer in 38 of the last 58 games, and the leading rebounder in 22 of the last 58 games. Currently ranks 13th on Rider's all-time scoring list. Scored a career high 32 points against Marist while leading Rider to a 100-82 win. Named MAAC Player of the Week on January 15, 2001 after averaging 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, guiding Rider to a 3-0 week with MAAC wins over Iona, Fairfield and St. Peter's. As a sophomore he finished fifth in the MAAC in scoring and steals, 10th in MAAC in rebounding and blocks, 11th in MAAC in field goal percentage, and led Rider in all of those categories, as well as minutes played. Was a member of 1998-99 MAAC All-Rookie team.
High School: Averaged 22.1 points, 13 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 3.5 steals, 2.7 assists per game as a senior at Irvington High, while earning second team All-New Jersey and Essex County Player of the Year. Finished his scholastic career with 1,011 points.
Porter came to Rider as a player who would take the ball to the basket and overpower people inside. Now he is not only an inside threat, but he has developed a solid perimeter jump shot. In addition to his inside and perimeter game he has developed one of the better mid range games in the MAAC. He can without a doubt play professionally. He might even get an invite to some NBA rookie camps, but more than likely he will end up playing in the NBDL, CBA, or overseas.