Already a long shot to land his college commitment, UK is now apparently no longer in the mix for five-star small forward Michael Porter Jr., who announced his top five schools Monday night.
Porter — a 6-foot-8 prospect in the class of 2017 — is listing Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington as his top schools. He played the first three seasons of his high school career in Columbia, Mo., but will move to Seattle for his senior year after his father, Michael Porter Sr., was hired as an assistant coach at Washington.
UK extended a scholarship offer to Porter last year, and Coach John Calipari has attended several of his games since then, but the Huskies are now considered to be the heavy favorites in Porter’s recruitment.
In addition to his father’s position on the staff, Washington is led by head coach Lorenzo Romar, who is Porter Jr.’s godfather, and already has a commitment from Porter’s younger brother Jontay, who is a standout recruit in the class of 2018.
Rivals.com ranks Michael Porter Jr. as the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2017.
UK is also pursuing Porter’s friend and AAU teammate Trae Young, who is the Wildcats’ top point guard target in the class of 2017. Young, from Norman, Okla., is being recruited by Washington, Oklahoma, Missouri, Virginia, Kansas and several other schools.
Porter and Young have publicly discussed the possibility of playing for the same college team.