After a great summer leading his MoKan Elite squad to the Peach Jam Championship of the Nike EYBL, 6-9 combo forward Michael Porter will ascend to the top spot in our post-summer national rankings after taking it to DeAndre Ayton and Mohammed Bamba in MoKanâ€™s run to the title.
Most yearâ€™s we would have expected him to be the center of a furious recruiting battle, but that wonâ€™t be the case, as he has decided to play for his godfather, Lorenzo Romar and will become a member of the Washington Huskies.
His father, Michael Sr. and Romar played together on the Athletes in Action, and that relationship led to the senior Porter being added to the Washington staff this past year. So as it would seem this wasnâ€™t a hard decision for Porter who will be transferring from Columbia, MO Father Tolton to Seattle, WA Nathan Hale next fall.
“My dad told me it was the best place for me to get to the next level,” Porter Jr. said in his announcement interview with ESPN. “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 Romar.”
He chose Washington over interest from Indiana, Missouri, Virginia and Oklahoma.
He was a terror this summer at the EYBL averaging 26.4 points and 11.4 rebounds an outing in North Augusta, but it was his run in the championship rounds that moves him to number one nationally in our eyes.
He opened up that run with 31 points and 14 rebounds versus top fifteen talent 6-7 Brian Bowen in the quarter-finals. Then followed it up in the Semi-finals with 25 points and 13 boards versus the 7-1 Ayton, in a match-up he dominated in the second half with the game on the line, using his quickness and ball skills to get to the rim. Then he capped that run off with a 33 point and 6 rebound performance versus the 6-11 Mohammed Bamba and his PSA Cardinal squad in the championship game. He hit 12 of 16 shots from the field including 5 of 6 from three.
Make no mistake about it, he can flat out score from three to the arc, has added 15 pounds over the last year to become a more dominant player physically, and will be an immediate impact talent for the Huskies next fall. He joins his younger brother, 6-10 Jontay Porter as a future Husky, but we donâ€™t expect them to play together in college as Porter projects as a lottery pick after one year at Washington!
But he will play with Washingtonâ€™s other 2017 commitment, 6-5 shooting guard, Jaylen Nowell, a top fifty prospect, from Seattle, WA Garfield High who committed to the Huskies last month.