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Report: Father of elite five-star Class of 2017 prospect turns down Washington assistant coaching job

Lorenzo Romar

Lorenzo Romar


Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar is looking for any kind of spark when it comes to landing marquee talent after losing both Robert Upshaw and Nigel Williams-Goss this offseason. So the veteran Huskie head coach made an offer for an assistant coaching spot for Michael Porter Sr., who is currently a women’s basketball assistant coach at Missouri.

Porter Sr. turned the job down the Washington job this week, according to a report from Blake Toppmeyer of the Columbia Daily Tribune. He will remain at Missouri for now.

You might be asking why Romar would be so intent on hiring a coach with only women’s basketball coaching experience, but Porter Sr. is the father of five-star Class of 2017 forward Michael Porter Jr. This Washington offer probably won’t be the last time Porter Sr. hears from a men’s basketball program trying to get a leg up in recruiting his son.

The 6-foot-8 Porter Jr. is currently regarded as the No. 2 overall prospect in the class, according to Rivals, and is considered a big-time prospect at the college level. Porter Jr. is also famous for throwing down one of the best dunks of the 2014-15 basketball season at any level.

But Porter Sr. values coaching his two daughters on Missouri’s women’s program first. While Michael Jr. is only a junior in high school next season, daughters, Bri Porter, a sophomore and Cierra Porter, an incoming freshman are still with the Tigers.

Hiring the father of a prospect recently paid off for Memphis when they hired Keelon Lawson Sr. and eventually landed both sons, K.J. Lawson and McDonald’s All-American Dedric Lawson, who reclassified from the Class of 2016 to graduate early.

Porter Sr. is probably taking as long as he can to coach his daughters at Missouri before he looks into coaching Michael Jr. and it would be a special thing if he could coach three of his children in college.