Howard Porter was one of the top stars in Villanova basketball history. The 6 ft 8 inch, 220-pound forward averaged a robust 22.8 points per game and a remarkable 14.8 rebounds per game during 1968-1971 while playing for the Villanova Wildcats. An excellent premier shooter, he led Villanova to the 1971 NCAA Championship Game before losing 68-62 to UCLA. Howard Porter was chosen the MVP of the tourney, an award he later had to give up because he had been dealing with an agent at the time of the tourney.
Chosen by the Chicago Bulls as the 32 overall draft pick, Howard Porter averaged under 10 ppg game in his three years in Chicago. He finished his career with the New Jersey Nets in 1977-78.
After retiring from the NBA Howard Porter became a probation officer in Minneapolis. During late May of 2007 he was attacked and severely beaten in an alley in Minneapolis and died about a week later on May 27, 2007. No attrests were reported at the time. Rest in Peace.