Despite the fact that he’ll only be a sophomore in high school this upcoming season, Jontay Porter already stands 6-foot-9. And even with that youth, the younger brother of five-star 2017 forward Michael Porter Jr. already knows where he wants to play college basketball. Sunday afternoon Porter announced via Twitter that he’s verbally committed to play at Washington for Lorenzo Romar.
Given the fact that Porter’s still three years away from playing college basketball, he may not be done growing given his current height. The left-handed Porter played for the Mo-Kan Elite grassroots program this summer, following his freshman season at Tolton Regional Catholic HS.
There’s also the matter of the two families being especially close, with Romar and Michael Porter Sr. being teammates on an Athletes in Action team as collegians. Romar is also the Michael Jr.’s godfather.
Those connections nearly led to Michael Sr. joining the Washington program as an assistant, but the current assistant on the Missouri women’s team decided to remain in Columbia.
Among the reasons why Porter Sr. turned down the job according to the Columbia Daily Tribune was the opportunity to continue coaching his oldest daughter (Bri will be a sophomore this season) with another daughter (Cierra) committed to join the program in 2015-16.
Whether or not Jontay’s commitment affects Michael Jr.’s recruitment remains to be seen, but if you’re Washington this isn’t a bad move to make regardless of any possible impact.
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