Michael Porter Jr. joins highly-touted prospects Jaylen Nowell and Blake Harris in what is shaping up as a star-studded 2017 recruiting class for the Huskies.
The Washington men’s basketball team landed the highest-ranked recruit in the history of the program when Michael Porter Jr., a five-star 2017 prospect, pledged to play for the Huskies.
Porter, 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward, is considered among the five best high school players in the country.
Rivals.com has him ranked No. 2 nationally. He’s fourth on ESPN’s list and fifth in on Scout.com’s ranking. ESPN and Scout also consider him the top small forward in the country.
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Recently, Porter included Indiana, Virginia, Oklahoma and Missouri among his final five choices after eliminating Duke and Kansas.
Porter is the latest addition to Washington’s 2017 recruiting class that includes Jaylen Nowell, a four-star guard at Garfield High and Blake Harris, a three-star guard from North Carolina.
Porter also joins his father Michael Porter Sr., who was hired May 6 as an UW assistant. Porter’s brother Jontay, a 2018 recruit, has verbally committed to the Huskies.
The Porter brothers moved to Seattle with their father and will play at Nathan Hale High during the 2016-17 season for new head coach Brandon Roy, the former Huskies great and NBA star.
Last year, the Porters led Tolton Catholic High (Columbia, MO) to the Class 3 MSHSAA state championship.
Porter made his college choice prior to departing with the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team that is competing in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, July 19-23.
“My dad told me it was the best place for me to get to the next level,” Porter told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “I made it clear I wanted to be one-and-done if possible and he told me it was an ideal spot to do that. I trust my dad and I trust Coach (Lorenzo) Romar.”
Porter can make his verbal commitment official during the Nov. 9-16 early signing period.
It’s the second straight year Washington has landed a five-star recruit.
The Huskies secured incoming freshman Markelle Fultz, who is the centerpiece to a 2016 class and will also play with Porter on the Team USA team next week in Chile. Fultz is the highest-rated recruit to sign with UW. He’s ranked third by Scout, fifth by Rivals and seventh on ESPN’s list. The 6-5 guard is considered a top-two pick in next summer’s NBA draft.
Porter’s pro prospects is already buzzing. He’s projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, according to NBAdraft.net.
News of Porter’s announcement spread quickly on Twitter.
Fultz tweeted: “We got a big addition to the husky Family.”
Jontay Porter tweeted: “Washington is blowing up! Shoutout to the @TheMJP1 on joining the #HuskyFam!”
Trae Young, a UW recruiting target and five-star guard, tweeted: “Congrats to my BROTHER!! I’m very happy for you and your Family.”
Meanwhile, UW assistant Raphael Chillious posted a cartoon image of himself dabbing on his Twitter account.
And this from Romar:
Here’s a highlight video of Porter compiled by PrepForce.com.