The Michael Porter Jr. saga just got a LOT more interesting a few hours ago, with CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein confirming what many of us expected from the Gatorade and Naismith National Player of the Year.
2017 prospect Michael Porter Jr. tells reporters that he will ask for a release of his NLI from Washington. Recruitment will be reopened.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 22, 2017
Porter, the nation’s dazzling No. 1 prospect in the ESPN100, told USA Today that he’s narrowed down his list to four schools — Washington, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia. Here is the prep star discussing all four schools, per Jason Jordan.
On Washington: “I love Seattle and from what I hear Mike Hopkins is that dude so I’m gonna talk to him and see what he’s saying.”
On Missouri: “That’s home for me and they reached out to my dad with a job offer so if he accepts that, not saying I’ll definitely go there, but it’d be big.”
On Oklahoma: “They’ve got Trae (Young) and before any commitments happened we talked about being college teammates. Now that opportunity is back and I know we’d do our thing and do something special.”
On Virginia: “I know they’re not super offensive-minded but my best friend Kyle Guy goes there and back when they were recruiting me they always talked about needing a scorer. If I go there I can step into that role.”
Porter’s younger brother Jontay also reopened his recruitment last week, as the mass exodus of Huskies recruits is fully underway. Mizzou still appears to have the edge over the other three schools in landing any or all of the Porters. Cuonzo Martin already has an assistant coaching job offer on the table to Porter’s father, Michael Sr., along with the scholarship available on his roster for Jontay. But it doesn’t seem to quite be the open-and-shut case Mizzou fans may wish to believe.
Porter Jr. said "it's not a for sure thing" he and his dad will end up in the same spot, but he does "want to be close to family."— Danny Jones (@daniel_m_jones) March 22, 2017
I feel that Oklahoma is most definitely still in the race. After all, many Kansas fans were likely kicking their feet back the night of February 15th, cracking open a few cold ones, laughing at the hopefuls on OU message boards still clinging to the crazy notion that a five-star stud would spurn the Jayhawks for Oklahoma or any other Big 12 school. But we all know what happened the next day. Yes, Trae Day happened, that’s what.
I know, I know, “don’t get ahead of yourself again, Kartik”. This was the mantra I kept repeating through this last season and right up until Trae Young’s announcement last month. But I can’t help but still believe in some possible Sooner Magic in the works again...which brings me to next week and a little event called the McDonald’s All-American Game, where a soon-to-be graduate of Norman North is sure to be a lively participant and active recruiter.
Like the summer days of Mokan Elite...
There seems to be some real life to Oklahoma possibly stealing the headlines if not one but two of the nation’s best high school stars do end up in Norman not to play football for Bob Stoops but basketball for Lon Kruger. The McDonald’s All-American week’s festivities may be the final “business meeting” Trae Young needs to convince his boy to team up for some electrifying, championship-level hoops next season in the great college town of Norman, Oklahoma. Yes, some things would definitely need to come together, but there’s life.
It’s uncertain if the Porters make any announcements before next week’s game, but we’ll keep you covered on the latest. In the meantime, enjoy...
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