It seemed inevitable when Lorenzo Romar hired Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant coach that Porter’s son, star recruit Michael Porter Jr., would eventually choose to play basketball for the Washington Huskies.
So Friday’s news isn’t particularly surprising. But it will still be widely celebrated by UW basketball fans, and could wind up one of the most significant commitments in program history.
Porter Jr., considered by some to be the top recruit in the 2017 class, used his Twitter page to announce an oral commitment to the Huskies. The 6-foot-8, 5-star forward chose UW over other finalists Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri and Virginia. He also held offers from such blueblood programs as Kansas, Duke and Kentucky, and is considered by each major recruiting analysis site to be one of the top five players in his class.
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Porter’s younger brother, Jontay Porter, a forward in the 2018 class, is already committed to the Huskies. The two will attend and play for Nathan Hale High School this upcoming school year, under first-year coach Brandon Roy.
Romar hired Porter Sr. as an assistant coach in May, demoting assistant Brad Jackson to a lesser role to accommodate the move. Any doubt that the Huskies would land Porter Jr. was seemingly removed with that hire. Romar and Porter Sr. are longtime friends -- they met during their days with Athletes in Action, and Romar was in Porter’s wedding -- and Porter Jr. is Romar’s godson. The UW coach also offered Porter Sr. an assistant coaching position last offseason, but Porter instead chose to remain in his job as an assistant coach for the Missouri women.
As a junior last season at Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missori, Porter Jr. and his brother, Jontay, helped Tolton to a Class 3A state championship. Porter Jr. had 31 points and 19 rebounds in the state title game.
Scout.com offers this analysis of Porter’s game: “...Porter's biggest strengths are his athleticism and long-range shooting. A terrific leaper, Porter gets off the ground quick, finishes well in transition and is capable of highlight reel type dunks. His shot is superb, as he has deep range, good shot preparation and shoots the ball with consistency. He's improving as a scorer off the dribble and he opened up his junior season with a better rebounding mentality than seen in the past.”
Porter is the third player to commit to UW in the 2017 class, joining 6-foot-3 point guard Blake Harris from North Carolina and 6-foot-4 guard Jaylen Nowell from Garfield High School. Porter’s commitment also gives the Huskies a 5-star recruit in consecutive classes, as incoming 2016 point guard Markelle Fultz is rated as the No. 3 prospect in his class.
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