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Michael Porter Jr. Drops 34, Says Package Still in Works With Trae Young
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Michael Porter Jr. might have had one of the quietest 34-point, 17-rebound performances ever at the City of Palms on Friday night.
“I thought I played pretty well,” the 6-foot-9 Porter said after his Father Tolton (MO) team beat Lehigh (FL), 81-65. “I could have played better. There were some jumpers I wanted to hit, but overall I think I played alright.”
Porter Jr. said half a dozen schools were working the hardest.
“Schools that have been in the most touch with me lately are Duke, Washington, Mizzou, Kansas, Stanford and Illinois,” Porter said.
Much has been made of a possible package deal involving Porter and his Mokan Elite teammate and fellow Class of 2017 star Trae Young, and that deal is very much still alive between the two.
“That package is still there,” Porter said. “We are trying to make it work. It’s harder than we thought, but we are trying to make it work.”
Young, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Norman (Okla.) North, is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Stanford, SMU, Texas Tech, Texas, Duke, Missouri, Virginia and Oklahoma State.
Porter says that he does have a goal on his timetable to commit.
“I hope to commit by the end of next summer,” Porter said.
The only visit that Porter has taken so far has been to Kansas, and he says that he left in awe of the atmosphere at Phog.
“It was crazy,” Porter said. “The atmosphere was crazy. It was the first time I got to experience it, it was really cool.”
Porter is developing relationships with head coaches, and he said that there were a few that stood out to him.
“Coach (Kim) Anderson at Mizzou just because I get to see him every day,” Porter said. “Coach (Lorenzo) Romar at Washington, I’m really close with him, Coach (Bill) Self at Kansas, we’ve been talking a lot lately, and the coach at Stanford (Johnny Dawkins).”
Romar is Porter’s Godfather, and Johntay Porter, a 6-9 sophomore big man who is Michael’s younger brother, has already committed to the Huskies.
“I might be a one and done by the time he gets there,” Porter said. “But it’s cool to see a little brother commit there, and Washington is the best school.”
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ZagsBlogMichael Porter Jr. might have had one of the quietest 34 point, 17 rebound performances ever at the City of Palms in an 81-65 win over Lehigh (Fla.).
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.