Columbia (Mo.) Tolton Catholic forward Michael Porter cut his school list to 17 in June in order to calm his recruiting down.
However, Porter is among the elite players in the country and his place wasn’t too successful.
“It wasn’t anything too serious,” Porter said. “I just wanted it to be so not too many coaches would keep calling me. It didn’t necessarily work, but it’s all good.”
With the amount of schools recruiting him, Porter admits that the process isn’t always an easy one.
“Every team has a sales pitch, so it is hard to differentiate,” he said. “I can see myself playing for multiple schools, it is just finding the best fit for me to get to the highest level I can get to. They all sound so good, it’s real hard. I am enjoying the process though.”
At 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, Porter has range out to the three-point line and one of the most versatile offensive games in the 2017 class.
Still, the five-star prospect sees room for improvement.
“I want to keep improving my ball handling,” he said. “If I am going to be a guard, I can already handle the ball pretty well.
“I have good ball skills, but getting my handles tighter would be good.”
Should Porter keep his rate of improvement, the NBA Draft is likely in his future. He watched part of this year’s draft and believes one player in particular is a sleeper of sorts.
“I watched the draft,” Porter said. “I didn’t watch as much as I wanted to because I was in the gym.
“I think Stanley Johnson is the sleeper. I really like him and think he will do great in the NBA.”
Arizona has a whole also has Porter’s interest.
“I want to talk to their coaches more,” he said. “That’s a school I have always liked.
“They called me, but honestly I have not gotten back to all of the schools that have called me just yet. They are a great school and I like the way they play.”