In 2013, twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison joined Big Blue Nation and helped Kentucky finish as national runner-up.
In 2014, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones coordinated a plan to meet up at Duke.
The result? A national championship.
Come 2015, Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney decided to continue their AAU dominance with E1T1 (Fla.) in college, opting to take their talents to Baton Rouge and in 2016 Harry Giles III and Jayson Tatum say they’re planning to keep the proverbial package deal streak alive at a school yet to be determined.
The operative question: Which pair, if any, plans to join forces in college from the 2017 class?
Meet Mokan Elite (Kan.) duo Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young.
“Yep we’re gonna do it,” Young said. “We’re putting it out there that we’re gonna play together. We just feel like we can do big things together.”
They’ve certainly got the talent.
Young is on everyone’s short list for top point guard in the class and Porter, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 25, is quickly gaining the ever-elusive “next big thing” buzz.
“We’ve been talking about it a lot and we’ve gotten really close over the last couple of months playing together with Mokan Elite so we’re gonna make it happen,” said Porter, who hails from Father Tolton Catholic (Columbia, Mo.). “We’re pretty serious about it.”
College coaches, that’s your queue.
Young and Porter said they plan to setup their lists based on schools who want them both.
“We feel like we can have a lot of success as teammates in college,” Porter said.
They’re proving that much in the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League this AAU season.
Porter is averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds a game and Young is averaging 18.4 points, four assists and four rebounds a game for Mokan Elite, which finished third in its division in the EYBL.
Young and Porter have been battling against each other on the AAU circuit since the fourth grade, but it wasn’t until last year at the Nike Elite 100 that the pair had the chance to “really hangout.”
“Now we’re playing together for the first time and we’ve become like brothers in these past few months,” Young said. “We talk or text every day and we know each other’s tendencies on the court. It’s the perfect match.”
Be that as it may, Young and Porter are fully aware that most package deal claims remain just that and both concede that they’ll have to be in agreement on the lucky college.
“Of course we’ve gotta have the right fit for both of us and everything,” said Young, a rising junior at Norman North (Norman, Okla.). “But we don’t think that’ll be a problem. We’re both pretty sure about it.”
“It’ll happen,” Porter added.
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