Chris Porter (born May 9, 1978 in Abbeville Alabama) is an American professional basketball player. He is a former star forward for the Auburn University men's basketball team that made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1998-1999, Porter's junior season.
He was named SEC Player of the Year and was selected to the All America team. The following year Porter was pictured on the cover of Sports Ilustrated as the Auburn Tigers were picked to win the national title.
However, true to the Sport Illustrated Covewr Jinx, the Tigers struggled and Porter was suspended for the last 8 games of the season for accepting money from an agent while still in college. Porter reportedly accepted the $2500 to save his mother from being evicted from her home and claimed he did not know the person was affiliated with any sports agency.
Before attending Auburn University, Porter attended Abbeville High School (where he was a 4A State Champion) and Chipola Junior College (where he was named JUCO All-American).
Known for his large Afro hairstyle and giant vertical leap, he created excitement with his dunking and rebounding abilities. Largely seen as too undersized to play power forward at the NBA level, his style fit in perfectly with former Auburn basketball coach Cliff Ellis' style of full court pressure.
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