Michael Porter Jr. is '98 percent' toward making a decision on his college future. Announcement is coming soon.
What was rumored for a week finally came true on Thursday.
Michael Porter Sr., who coached one season as Lorenzo Romar’s assistant on the Washington men’s basketball team, has accepted an assistant coach job at Missouri.
The move has been expected since Romar was fired last week. UW’s new coach Mike Hopkins, who was introduced Wednesday, did not retain Porter.
The biggest question remaining is the fate of Porter’s son, Michael Porter Jr., regarded as the top recruit in the nation. Porter Jr., who committed to Washington last spring, was given his release from his letter of intent Thursday, UW confirmed.
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The Porter family said that Porter Jr. was “98 percent sure” about his decision and it would come soon, likely via social media.
“He doesn’t want this to linger,” his mom, Lisa Porter, said.
Jontay Porter, who is one of the top junior recruits in the nation, and his freshman brother Coban, who both played on Nathan Hale’s state championship team, will be moving to Columbia, Mo., with the family.
Porter Sr. joins the staff of Cuonzo Martin, who left California last week for the job at Missouri. Porter Sr. was an assistant coach on the Missouri women’s basketball team from 2010-16. He has two daughters who play for the Tigers, Cierra and Bri. Bri Porter suffered a torn ACL early in the 2016-17 season.
Missouri women’s coach, Robin Pingeton, is Porter’s sister-in-law. Porter Sr. cryptically announced his decision on Twitter by changing his avatar to a tiger, the mascot of Missouri.
His daughter, Cierra Porter, who plays at Missouri, also chimed in: