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Father of second-ranked 2017 basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr. to leave Mizzou, become Washington assistant

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The recruitment of Michael Porter Jr. is heading to the West Coast.

Porter Jr., the No. 2-ranked basketball recruit in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, is headed to play his final year of high school basketball in the Seattle area after his father told the recruiting website he will become a men’s assistant coach at Washington.

Michael Porter Sr. had been a women’s basketball assistant coach at Missouri, where his daughters Bri and Cerra play. Mizzou coach Robin Pingeton said both women would remain with the Tigers.

Mizzou had made an attempt to keep Porter Sr. He was offered a men’s assistant coaching position under Tigers coach Kim Anderson, a source told The Star, and Porter Sr. also had a men’s assistant coaching offer from Texas A&M.

But Porter Sr. chose Washington, coached by Lorenzo Romar, who is also Michael Jr.’s godfather. Porter Jr., a senior-to-be, is considering Mizzou, Kansas and Washington, among other schools. His younger brother Jontay, a junior-to-be, has given a verbal commitment to Washington.

The brothers led Columbia Tolton Catholic High School to a Missouri Class 3 boys championship in March.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

The Columbia, Mo. high school basketball star watches the University of Kansas game Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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