Last week when Michael Porter Jr.’s father, Michael Sr., left his position as assistant coach on Missouri’s women’s basketball team to take an assistant coaching position with Washington’s men’s basketball team speculation ran rampant that Michael Jr., who is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 60, was a lock to join the Huskies.
Makes sense since Washington already had Porter’s godfather, head coach Lorenzo Romar, working hard on the 6-foot-9 junior forward.
Still, Porter said don’t look for any big announcements just yet.
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“I’m definitely happy for my dad, but when he took the job the first thing he did was sit me down and tell me that there wouldn’t be any pressure for me to come to Washington,” Porter said. “Washington was already one of the top schools on my list with my godfather being there. Now with my dad there it definitely doesn’t hurt their chances. But I’m definitely looking at other schools; I’m gonna do what’s best for me and that’s what my dad wants too.”
Porter and his family will relocate to Washington in August, which means he’ll leave Father Tolton Catholic (Columbia, Mo.) after leading the Trailblazers to a state title in March.
“It’s exciting to start fresh in a new situation; not sure which high school I’ll be going to yet though,” Porter said. “My dad told me that he was gonna start recruiting me a little bit, but he always tells me that he wants what’s best for me first. It’ll be funny to have my dad recruiting me, but it’ll probably be more like a father-son talk. Like I said, Washington was already one of my top schools because me and my godfather are close, but, even with my dad being there, I’m considering other schools seriously too. I’m gonna do what’s best for me at the end of the day.”
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