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Nevada Preps Boys Athlete of the Week: Liberty’s Andre Porter

Liberty boys basketball senior forward Andre Porter has helped the Patriots reach the last two Class 5A state title games.

Porter, who’s also a UNLV football commit, is now putting his team in position to get there again for a third straight year. Porter scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Liberty’s 72-65 win over Bishop Gorman on Friday. He was named Nevada Preps Boys Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

“It feels really good to have a little bit more momentum going into the playoffs next week,” Porter said. “Getting a win like that on our home court was really good because it showed a lot of people that we can win against good teams.”

Let’s get to know this week’s boys athlete of the week. (Note: Answers have been edited for clarity and length.)

Nevada Preps: Who’s an athlete you look up to?

Porter: My favorite athlete is LeBron James. I’ve always been a big fan of his. But I’m trying to just look at other athletes and take bits and pieces from other athletes’ games and put that into my own game.

NP: Do you have any game day superstitions or pregame rituals that you follow?

Porter: I have to take a good hour and a half, two-hour nap before a game. That is mandatory.

NP: If you weren’t playing football or basketball, what sport would you play?

Porter: Either bowling or golf. Both of my grandpas were big golfers, so I grew up playing that. I find it really fun. Those two and baseball, which was my third sport.

NP: What stood out to you about the UNLV football program during the recruiting process?

Porter: They changed the culture so fast in one year. They went from not like a great team and this past year they were a really good team. Coach Barry Odom, he’s really changed how everyone sees UNLV. He made the culture there really good, and then also my whole family went there.

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