City of Palms: 5-star Michael Porter goes off, talks recruiting

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The opening night of the City of Palms Classic was full of impressive performances, with one of the best coming from elite junior wing Michael Porter.

Five-star wing Michael Porter certainly didn’t disappoint a large crowd on Friday during the opening round of the City of Palms Classic.

Porter, a 6-foot-8 wing ranked No. 4 in the 2016 recruiting class, scored 34 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Known for his shooting, Porter shot just two threes in the game, connecting on one of them. Porter did majority of his work from mid-range and in.

“I thought I did pretty good,” Porter said of his play. “I thought I could have done better. I missed some jumpers that I wish I would’ve hit. Overall I think I did alright, just leading my team and I think that’s what my job is, so I think I did alright.”

To go with high point total and efficiency on offense, Porter focused on rebounding and was active on the glass on both ends of the floor.

“I know the way I can jump and how tall and long I am, I know I can get 15 to 20 rebounds a game, so that’s something I’m really focusing on,” he said.

RECRUITING Q&A WITH MICHAEL PORTER

What schools are showing you attention?
The schools that have been in touch with me the most lately have been DukeWashington, MizzouKansasStanford, that’s to name a few of the schools really on me right now.

How was your trip to Kansas in the fall?
Kansas, it was crazy. The atmosphere, it was the first time I got to experience it, it was really cool to go down and see it for myself.

You've been going through this process for quite some time now, are there any coaches you feel like you've developed strong relationships with?
Coach Anderson at Mizzou just because I see him everyday basically. I’m up at the gym working out and I see him every day. Coach Romar is my Godfather up at Washington. I’m really close with him. I talk on the phone with him all time, not even about basketball, but just about life. Coach Self up at Kansas and the Stanford coach we’ve been talking a lot lately.

How important is developing strong bonds with the head coaches?
It’s really important to me. It’s a little early in the process, but I’m going to start really developing relationships with all the coach that I could see myself playing for.

Do you have a timeframe on making a college decision?
I hope to commit before the end of next summer, Lord willing.

Are there any schools that you know you want to visit?
Really all of them that I’m interested in. I’d like to get on campus to all of them.

Your younger brother is committed to Washington, how does that impact you? Does the possibility of you being one and done factor in?
We’ve talked about that. I might be one and done, hopefully. I may not even be there when he’s there, but it’s cool to see my little brother commit and Washington is a great school.

You and Trae Young have discussed playing in college together, where does that stand?

That package deal is still there. We are trying to make it work. It’s harder than we thought, but we are still trying to make it work.


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