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Michael Porter Jr. takes over top spot in ESPN's new player rankings

There’s a new No. 1 in ESPN’s basketball recruiting rankings.

Michael Porter Jr., who stars at No. 1 Nathan Hale (Seattle) and is headed to play at Washington next year, has taken over the top spot from Arizona-bound center DeAndre Ayton, who’s now No. 2.

“Rankings have always meant very little to me,” Porter said. “They are just people’s opinion; they could put me back to No. 2 whenever they want. But it is awesome to see the hard work that I’ve put in pay off, and, like they say, it is harder to stay at the top than get to the top.”

Porter has been dominant against solid competition, leading Nathan Hale to victories over the likes of Oak Hill and Sierra Canyon—both nationally ranked teams with top players.

Following Ayton is Duke signee Wendell Carter Jr., then two uncommitted players in Trevon Duval and Mohamed Bamba.