The long reach of coach Lorenzo Romar pulled in perhaps the most highly regarded player in his tenure at the University of Washington. Michael Porter Jr., the No. 4 player in ESPN’s top-100 class of 2017, committed orally to the Huskies, where his father, Michael Sr., was recently hired as an assistant coach.
Romar, who was a teammate with Porter Sr. on the Athletes in Action team in the 1990s, is Porter Jr.’s godfather. A younger brother, Jontay, also committed to UW and is expected to play as a sophomore at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School this fall, as will Michael.
“Talking to my dad and Romar, I knew it was where I wanted to go,” Porter told ESPN prior to boarding a plane for Chile, where he will play with the U.S. under-18 national team. “My dad told me it was the best place for me to get to the next level. 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.”
Porter Sr. was on the women’s coaching staff at Missouri and had offers from top Division I men’s staffs before deciding to join Romar.
At No. 4 in ESPN’s top 100, he is Romar’s highest ranked recruit since the ranking debuted in 2007. Porter is the 14th player in the ranking to come to Montlake, third in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and Arizona. At No. 45 is another UW commit, Jaylen Nowell, a 6-5 shooting guard from Seattle’s Garfield High.
The Huskies had two players drafted in the NBA’s first round — Marquese Chriss, taken eighth overall by Phoenix, and Dejounte Murray, 29th by San Antonio. Freshman guard Markelle Fultz is forecasted to be a lottery pick after his freshman year.