Daily Leader All-Area Basketball Most Valuable Player, Girls: De’Mya Porter

Published 10:30 am Saturday, April 13, 2024

De’Mya Porter, Bogue Chitto

Bogue Chitto senior center De’Mya Porter has always been in the running for Most Valuable Player honors, ever her freshman season.

Each year since then she’s been an All-Area selection and each year her game has improved in a variety of ways.

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The culmination of her growth came during the 2023-2024 season as Porter paced her team to a 28-1 overall record. For her outstanding play, Porter has been named the Daily Leader All-Area Most Valuable Player for girls’ basketball.

Porter stuffed the stat sheet on a nightly basis, using her 6-foot-1 height and athleticism to scored 21 points, grab 12 rebounds and block 4.5 shots per game.

Blessed with the ability to spring back up after jumping, Porter can rise off the court in an instant after her feet first hit the ground for another quick leap.

Active and long, Porter will look to continue blooming on the court when she takes her talents a little south to Baton Rouge next year, where she will suit up for the Southern University Jaguars. She was recently the MVP of Team Mississippi in the prestigious Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. 

After the end of her eighth-grade season, Porter was moved up to the varsity team by former BC coach Robby Walters. Still growing in strength and height, she got most of her points by being around the goal for put-back attempts.

That held for much of her freshman year as Porter continued to fill out and get stronger and get better by going to various camps with her team and on her own.

And as her confidence grew, her game grew along with it.

Porter crossed the 1,000 career point mark as a junior and then she shot past that to eclipse 2,000 career points as a senior. She started getting better and better at a furious pace.

This season, she played with the poise of a student-athlete that knows she has a reputation to live up to. 

When opposing guards got into the paint, they had better watch out for Porter and her shot blocking abilities. The way she gobbled up rebounds limited most opponents to a single shot on each possession.

And the offense flowed through her, as she could handle the ball out on the perimeter or call for it on the block.

She pushed her teammates and formed a formidable core along with returning starters Neeli Magee, Ty May and Destinee Thompson for a team that went through the regular season without suffering a loss.

She was simply the best in her final season as a Bobcat.

The annals of girls’ basketball at Bogue Chitto is filled with some all-time great players and that list of alums now includes Porter’s name forever etched on it.