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Top five prospect Michael Porter Jr. commits to Washington

Michael Porter, Jr.

Father Tolton Catholic’s Michael Porter, Jr. (1) celebrates after sinking a basket and drawing a foul during the first half of the Missouri Class 3 boys high school championship basketball game against the Barstow Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


The worst kept secret in college basketball recruiting has now become official: Michael Porter Jr. will be playing his (presumably) one-and-done season at Washington.

Porter is a consensus top five recruit in the Class of 2017 and a guy that some believe is the best player in a pretty solid class and is fresh off of a dominating performance at Peach Jam, where he led his MoKan Elite team to the title while averaged 26 points and 11 boards.

A 6-foot-9 wing forward, Porter is a ridiculous athlete with three-point range and the ability to thrive in transition. He needs to get stronger, he needs to get quicker and he needs to get better handling the ball, but his physical tools and his perimeter skill set makes him an ideal prospect to be a position-less, small-ball defender down the road.

The reason I say that Porter’s commitment is the worst-kept secret in recruiting is that his father was hired by Lorenzo Romar as an assistant coach earlier this spring. His brother, a top 100 player in the Class of 2018, is committed to Washington and the family is currently in the process of relocating to Seattle.

(We went in depth on Porter as a prospect at the 24:45 mark of the podcast below.)

This will be the second consecutive season that Romar has landed one of the best players in a recruiting class; he’s bringing Markelle Fultz, who is the potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, into his program next season. That’s impressive, but it also puts some pressure on him. Romar has two players picked in the first round this past season and has had five first round picks in the last five years. He hasn’t gotten to the NCAA tournament once during that stretch and has been to the NIT just three times.