Former NBA star Brandon Roy’s high school coaching career is off to a good start long before he even runs his first practice.
Roy was named the basketball coach at Nathan Hale in Seattle and will coach Michael Porter Jr. and his younger brother Jontay, according to the Seattle Times. Michael Porter Jr. is ranked among the top five players in the Class of 2017 and his brother is a four-star rising junior who has committed to Washington. Porter Jr. was one of two underclassmen to make the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball Teams last season.
The brothers who led Father Tolton (Columbia, Mo.) to state title last fall are moving west because their father has taken a job as an assistant coach at Washington for Lorenzo Romar, a longtime family friend. Washington is among Porter Jr.’s five finalists after he cut Kentucky and Duke.
Nathan Hale was not among the schools that Porter listed as under consideration when he spoke to USA TODAY High School Sports shortly after his father was hired in May, but he said, “I’ll be ready to work wherever I go. I definitely want another state title.”
Roy was a star prep player at Garfield in Seattle before he went on to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2005-06 at Washington and an NBA career with the Trail Blazers that was cut short by injuries.
“Dr. (Jill) Hudson and the administration were looking for coaching stability. I know B-Roy wants to coach and he wants to give back to the district. What better way to start than in the Seattle Public Schools system, where he played in the league,” Seattle Public Schools executive director of athletics Eric McCurdy told the Seattle Times.