Howard Porter (basketball)

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Howard Porter
Howard Porter 1972.JPG
Porter in 1972
Personal information
Born(1948-08-31)August 31, 1948
Stuart, Florida
DiedMay 26, 2007(2007-05-26) (aged 58)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolBooker (Sarasota, Florida)
CollegeVillanova (1968–1971)
NBA draft1971 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1971–1978
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
19711974Chicago Bulls
1974New York Knicks
19741977Detroit Pistons
1977–1978New York Nets
Career highlights and awards
*Selection later vacated
Career NBA statistics
Points4,215 (9.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,872 (4.1 rpg)
Blocks212 (0.6 bpg)
Stats at

Howard Porter (August 31, 1948 – May 26, 2007) was an American professional basketball player. At 6'8" and 220 pounds, he played as a forward and a center.

Early life[edit]

Porter was born in Stuart, Florida. While in the 8th grade, he played on the varsity team at Stuart Training School, the high school for Martin County blacks,[1] he attended Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida. The highlight of his high school career occurred in 1967, when he led Booker to the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A State Basketball Championship.

College career[edit]

Porter then played collegiately at Villanova University, where he was a three-time All-America selection, he took Villanova to the 1971 NCAA Championship Game, in which Villanova lost to UCLA 68-62. Porter was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after scoring 25 points in the final game. However, he was later ruled ineligible for the honor because he had signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Condors of the American Basketball Association during the middle of his senior year.[2] To the present day, the MOP for the 1971 Final Four is listed as "*Vacated".

Professional career[edit]

Porter never played for the Condors, instead joining the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1971, he played seven seasons in the NBA as a member of the Bulls, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons,and New Jersey Nets. His finest professional season occurred in 1976–77, when he averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Pistons.[3] During his time playing for the Pistons, he was nicknamed "Geezer" for his slow, deliberate stye of play and his long beard, he became a fan favorite at the Pistons then-home, Cobo Arena.

2007 disappearance and murder[edit]

Howard Porter, who was employed as a county probation officer, disappeared on May 18, 2007, he was found severely beaten in a Minneapolis, Minnesota alley in the early morning hours of May 19 and died on May 26 of injuries sustained during the assault.[4]

Local police arrested a 33-year-old woman named Tanya Washington in connection with the murder.[5] Washington was later released by police, stating that there was not enough evidence to file charges against her.[6] On September 4, police announced that they had arrested and charged Rashad Arthur Raleigh with Porter's murder.[7] Raleigh is now serving a life sentence for the crime.[8]

Howard Porter is interred at Washington Park Cemetery in Orlo Vista, Florida.[9]


  1. ^ "Porter Left His Mark on Stuart". Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida). June 9, 2007. p. 38. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)
  2. ^ "Campus Publications and Media". Archived from the original on 2006-08-29. Retrieved 7 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Howard Porter Stats -". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Porter dies from beating injuries at age 58", ESPN, updated May 28, 2007.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-06-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-06-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Murder charge filed in death of ex-Villanova star". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-11-22. Retrieved 2009-03-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Howard Porter". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-12-01.