BLOOMINGTON — Indiana’s extensive recruiting efforts in the rising senior class have landed the Hoosiers in the mix for one of 2017’s most coveted prospects.
Michael Porter Jr., the No. 3 overall player in the 2017 class and a five-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, released a top five late Monday night. IU made the cut.
Alongside the Hoosiers were Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri and Washington.
Lithe and versatile, Porter stretches to 6-9 and is considered the top small forward in his class, according to the same ranking. Indiana has made him a priority target since last year.
Porter currently plays prep basketball at Father Tolton, in Columbia, Mo., but it appears unlikely he will see out his senior season at that school.
His father, Michael Porter Sr., once an assistant with the Missouri women’s basketball program, was hired by Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar as an assistant earlier this month. A report in the Seattle Times suggested Porter Jr. and his younger brother, Jontay, will finish school in Seattle. That same piece cited Romar’s long-time relationship with Porter Sr. — the two were teammates on Athletes In Action in the 1980s, and Romar is also Porter Jr.’s godfather.
Programs may employ relatives, former coaches or other close confidants of potential recruits, so long as they are hired into one of a program’s three full-time assistant coaching positions.
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