The recruitment of 5-star forward Michael Porter Jr. is down to five teams, according to the kid’s Twitter account, and Washington is one of them.
In an announcement packaged in a slick graphic and posted on Instagram, Porter announced that the five teams he is considering, in no apparent order, are Missouri, Washington, Virginia, Indiana and Oklahoma (no Kansas, no Kentucky and no Duke, as many noted).
The general thought seems to be that this list bodes well for Washington, because it doesn’t include the aforementioned blueblood programs. The percentage of 247 Sports “Crystal Ball” analysts who project Porter to the Huskies, for example, is now at 94. 247 considers Porter, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward, the No. 3 overall recruit in the 2017 class. Scout.com ranks him No. 5, Rivals ranks him No. 2 and ESPN ranks him No. 3.
A big reason for that: UW coach Lorenzo Romar earlier this month hired Porter’s father, Michael Porter Jr., as an assistant coach. Porter Sr. was an assistant for the Missouri women’s team the past three seasons, and it’s obviously thought that his hire at UW increases the likelihood that Porter Jr. will choose the Huskies. Both Porter Jr. and his younger brother, Jontay, a 2018 recruit who is already orally committed to UW, are moving to the Seattle area with their father and will finish their high-school careers here.
Porter Jr. told USA Today that he is considering Rainier Beach, Seattle Prep, Garfield “or maybe another school.”
Rounding up where some of UW’s spring sports teams stand in postseason play ...
--- The UW women’s golf team advanced to the eight-team, match-play portion of the NCAA championships in Eugene. The Huskies shot even-par as a team through four days of stroke play to enter match play as the No. 4 seed, and will face No. 5 seed Virginia in match play on Tuesday. The teams tee off at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday from the 10th hole at Eugene Country Club. This is the second consecutive season the Huskies have advanced to the match-play portion of the NCAAs.
--- Washington’s softball team won the Seattle regional over the weekend with a 15-7 victory over Minnesota in the regional championship game, and will now play a best-of-three series beginning Friday at No. 6 seed Alabama. The winner of that series advances to the Women’s College World Series.
--- The UW track and field team will send 37 men and women to this week’s NCAA West preliminary meet beginning Thursday in Lawrence, Kansas. Those who advance will participate in the NCAA semifinals and finals June 8-11 in Eugene.
--- After playing a nonconference game in Yakima on Tuesday against Washington State (yes, you read that correctly), the UW baseball team travels to Salt Lake City to finish the regular season with a three-game series against first-place Utah beginning Friday. The Huskies are in second place, one game behind the Utes in the Pac-12 standings, so the regular-season league title is obviously on the line. Each game will begin at 11 a.m. and air on the Pac-12 Networks.