Besides a new coach in Roy — a former Garfield High School standout who was the 2005-06 Pac-10 Player of the Year at UW — Nathan Hale also will have two new players: five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr. and his younger brother, Jontay.

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Former Washington Huskies star Brandon Roy has been hired as the boys basketball coach at Nathan Hale High School, Seattle Public Schools executive director of athletics Eric McCurdy confirmed Friday.

Roy, a former Garfield High School standout, was the 2005-06 Pac-10 player of the year at UW. He played in the NBA from 2006-13 (and was a three-time All-Star and the 2006-07 NBA Rookie of the Year) before being forced to retire because of knee injuries.

This is Roy’s first coaching job.

“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.”

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Besides a new coach, Nathan Hale also will have two new players: five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr. and his younger brother, Jontay.

Michael Porter Jr., rated among the top five basketball recruits in the 2017 class, was scheduled to visit Seattle this month on a basketball recruiting trip that served two purposes.

He was scheduled to make an official two-day visit to UW, where his father, Michael Porter Sr., accepted a job as an assistant for the men’s basketball team in May.

Last month, Porter Sr. tweeted that his son had narrowed his college choices to five schools: UW, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana and Oklahoma.

Nathan Hale becomes a favorite to win the 2017 state title. Last season, the Porter brothers led Tolton Catholic High (Columbia, Mo.) to the Class 3 MSHSAA state championship.

Porter Jr., a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward, is ranked second nationally by Rivals. He’s third on ESPN’s top 100 list and fifth on Scout’s ratings. Jontay Porter is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.

Roy did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Notes

• Roy was one of 11 recent hires for the Seattle Public Schools athletic department, McCurdy said. Former UW basketball and track star Tara Davis, who played for the now-defunct Seattle Reign, was named an assistant director of athletics for SPS along with Pat McCarthy, the former athletic director at Sammamish High School.

Joey Thomas, who spent the last five years as the head football coach at Ballard, was hired as Garfield’s new football coach. Thomas, who played pro football, helped Ballard get to the state tournament last season. Ross Humphries, a 2003 Ballard football alum, takes Thomas’ place.

Lee Adams replaces Joyce Walker as the girls’ basketball coach at Garfield. Adams previously coached at Holy Names Academy and comes in with a 200-88 overall record.

• Former Husky Paul Arnold, one of the most decorated high-school football players from Washington State, takes over as the head football coach at Cleveland, replacing Jeff Schmidt, and Luther Carr returns as the head football coach at Chief Sealth High School.

• Lynnwood and Seattle U grad Kaytlyn Dill was named the volleyball coach at Franklin High School. Giovan Richardson was picked as the girls basketball coach at Ingraham. Ben Scheffler, who previously coached boys basketball at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, was hired for the same position at Roosevelt High School.

An earlier version of this article misspelled Giovan Richardson’s first and last name and list the incorrect school hiring him.