Michael Porter Jr. remains the top basketball player in the Class of 2017 in the latest 247Sports rankings released Tuesday.
Porter, a 6-9 small forward who is committed to Washington, was named No. 1 over Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix) 7-footer DeAndre Ayton in mid-July following Peach Jam.
Porter averaged 24 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals for Mokan Elite during the EYBL season.
He begins his first season at Nathan Hale (Seattle) after transferring from Father Tolton in Columbia, Mo. Porter’s father has taken a job as an assistant coach for Lorenzo Romar at Washington.
“DeAndre Ayton is a tremendous prospect who is ranked No. 1 by most analysts. I, however, favor Michael Porter as the top prospect in 2017,” 247 national recruiting director Jerry Meyer said in an interview post on the site. “I love the versatility and the steady improvement of Porter. At 6-9 he is a multi positional player with a complete skill package and athleticism.
“Porter is the consummate modern day versatile, skilled swing man. As of now, Ayton and Porter are the candidates for the top spot in 2017.”
Power forward Mohamed Bamba from the Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.) remains No. 3 followed by center Mitchell Robinson from Chalmette (La.).
Billy Preston moved into the Top 5 with this ranking. Preston, who played last season at Advanced Prep in Dallas, is at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.). Wendell Carter from Pace Academy (Atlanta) dropped one spot to No. 6. Gary Trent Jr., who had been No. 6, is now No. 11 as he begins at Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.).