Columbia’s Michael Porter Jr. is one of the best high school basketball players in the country, a 6-foot-9 small forward with scholarship offers from just about every major basketball school in the country.
But on Sunday night, it was Porter’s younger brother, Jontay, who made news by unveiling his college choice. Jontay, a 6-foot-9 sophomore big man at Tolton Catholic, announced on his Twitter account his verbal commitment to the University of Washington.
The commitment is nonbinding — and Jontay Porter will have nearly three years to change his mind — but it does offer the latest wrinkle in the intriguing recruitment of Michael Porter Jr., who is ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2017 class by Rivals.com.
Michael Porter, who is being heavily recruited by Kansas and Missouri, is also considering Washington and has deep ties to Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar, who is his godfather.
In April, according to reports, Romar offered Michael Porter Sr. a job as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Washington. Romar and Porter Sr. are longtime friends.
Porter Sr., who is a women’s assistant at Missouri and has two daughters in the Tigers’ program, eventually turned down the offer and elected to stay at Missouri, where he works for his sister-in-law, Mizzou women’s coach Robin Pingeton.
Now Jontay Porter, who is also expected to be a highly coveted recruit, could be headed to Washington. Both Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter play in the summers for MOKAN Elite, the Kansas City-based grassroots program that has also produced NBA players Willie Cauley-Stein and Alec Burks, among many other Division I players.