Michael Porter Jr. and young brother Jontay also expected to look at prospective high schools during their trip to Seattle.
Michael Porter Jr., rated among the top five basketball recruits in the 2017 class, is scheduled to visit Seattle this week on a basketball recruiting trip that will serve two purposes.
The five-star prospect will make an official two-day visit to Washington starting Monday where his father Michael Porter Sr. recently accepted a job as an assistant for the men’s basketball team.
Last week, Porter Sr. tweeted his son narrowed his college choices to five schools (UW, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana and Oklahoma).
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While in Seattle, Porter Jr. and his younger brother Jontay, a 2018 prospect who verbally committed to UW, will take a look at prospective high schools. They’re expected to move to Seattle with their father while the rest of the family remains in Missouri.
Sources indicate O’Dea High, the 2016 Class 3A state runner-up, is the favorite to land the Porter brothers followed by Garfield and Seattle Prep.
The high school that lands them becomes the immediate favorite to win the 2017 state title considering last season the Porter brothers led Tolton Catholic High (Columbia, MO) to the Class 3 MSHSAA state championship.
Porter Jr., a 6-foot-9 and 215-pound forward, is ranked second nationally by Rivals. He’s third on ESPN’s top 100 list and fifth on Scout’s ratings. Meanwhile, Jontay Porter is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.
It’s been a busy time at Washington, which hosted Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee last week. The 6-foot-9 junior, who withdrew from NBA draft consideration, will have one year of eligibility in 2017-18. He started 20 of 36 games last season and averaged 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game.
Lee, a native of Antioch, Calif., reportedly visited California, which is believed to be the front runner. He originally considered UW in 2013 at a time when the Huskies targeted and missed on many top recruits.
The Huskies are reportedly among the finalists to land Duke transfer Derryck Thornton Jr., who is also considering USC, Kansas and Miami. The 6-2 point guard started 20 of 36 games and averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists and 26.0 minutes as a freshman last season. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Thornton Jr. would have to sit out next season and become eligible in 2017-18.