MICHAEL PORTER JR.
#2 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: NATHAN HALE HIGH SCHOOL IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
CHOSE WASHINGTON OVER: INDIANA, OKLAHOMA, MISSOURI, VIRGINIA, AMONG OTHERS
UPDATED: PORTER JR. IS NOW COMMITTED TO MISSOURI 3-20-17
PLAYER SUMMARY: In the last couple of recruiting classes, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar has landed some really talented players who have gone onto the NBA. However, for all the talent that he has brought into the program, the Huskies have not made the NCAA tournament in a few years. The team has struggled this year even with star PG Markelle Fultz playing well. We believe Romar is running out of chances at the school and Michael Porter Jr. might be his best and last chance of getting the Huskies into the Big Dance. Porter’s father is an assistant coach at Washington, so there wasn’t much of a doubt where his son would end up.
Porter Jr. is ranked the #2 overall prospect in the class of 2017 and with good reason. He can do everything on the basketball court. We saw Porter this past summer on t.v. during an AAU tournament. Everything that scouts have said about him rang to be true.
It looks like to us that he has grown a few inches as he is now listed at 6’9″. His length size and overall skill-set makes him the best SF in the country and we compare him very favorably to Duke’s current freshmen Jayson Tatum. His size will make him a match-up nightmare at the college and then eventually NBA level.
However, it will be his impressive skills that gets him to where he wants to be. He can shoot it with range as he has a very smooth shooting stroke. He can get his shot off anytime he wants and wherever he wants due to his size and length. While evaluating him, he shows an impressive array of offensive moves, which are all very advanced for his age.
Porter Jr. shows off his athleticism during games as he often plays above the rim. He is just as good in transition as he is virtually unstoppable. To put it all in perspective, Porter Jr. is one of the best players we have covered in both the classes of 2016 and 2017.
The future Husky will need to get stronger. He will need to put on muscle and weight in order to handle the rigors of a full college season and eventually beyond. He can improve his ball-handling and passing, however, we don’t have any doubts that he won’t.
When we write evaluations of high school prospects, we always write an in-depth analysis of the player. With Michael Porter Jr., he is the type of player we believe you just need to watch play. We could write all day on what this youngster can do on a basketball court. However, you need to see him to believe it. In our opinion, Porter Jr. will have an outstanding freshmen year at Washington. He will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and be a top 5 selection. He has as much potential and upside that we have seen in a non center in a few years. The sky is really the limit with him.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTER JR.
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