More than two years remain until members of the 2018 basketball recruiting class will be able to sign binding, national letters of intent, so the oral commitment of Jontay Porter to Washington is going to have to withstand the test of time before he’ll actually be a Husky.
Porter, a 6-foot-8 power forward prospect from Columbia, Missouri, used his Twitter account on Sunday afternoon to announce a commitment to UW. He’ll be a sophomore this upcoming season at Tolton Catholic High School.
“Of course Lorenzo and their staff is great people, but I also think their program has a chance to be on the rise,” Porter told Scout.com. “They have a good class coming in and then they have another one. Once I get there I think we could be really good by then.”
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This is interesting for a couple reasons, the most obvious being that you don’t see many recruiting commitments announced this early. But it’s also interesting because Porter is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., a 5-star small forward prospect ranked by Scout.com as the No. 3 overall player in the 2017 class. He is also a godson of UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
Romar also reportedly offered an assistant coaching job to the boys’ father, Michael Porter Sr., who chose instead to remain in his current role as an assistant coach for the University of Missouri women’s basketball team. The elder Porter is a longtime friend and former Athletes in Action teammate of Romar’s, so it’s no wonder that Washington is heavily recruiting his talented sons.
Here’s some video of Jontay Porter on the AAU circuit. And, yes, Porter is the first player to commit to UW in the 2018 class.