WSU connection for No. 1-rated shooting guard prospect in West, Seattle's Kevin Porter Jr. out of Rainier Beach High

HE'S RATED the No. 1 shooting guard prospect in the West and the 29th overall prospect nationally, and the Seattle product lived up to his billing this weekend at the Nike EYBL. Washington State is among four Pac-12 schools recruiting hardest and he has a connection to a WSU assistant coach. Here's the latest on Rainier Beach High's Kevin Porter Jr.

Kevin Porter Jr. has long been one of the west’s top prospects and the Seattle Rainier Beach shooting guard lived up to his reputation this weekend at the Nike EYBL.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound wing scored at will for Rotary Select, using his size and length to be a difficult cover for opposing guards on the perimeter, where Porter consistently took opponents off the dribble and buried jumpers or got to the basket.

“I’ve been able to score at will,” Porter said. “My defense is also getting better; I’m able to lockdown others whenever I want. I’ve been putting up more shots and my jumper is getting more consistent.”

Since the spring Evaluation Period started, Porter says he’s especially heard from four programs.

“I’ve been talking to Washington, UCLA, Washington State and Oregon State the most over the last month,” said Porter, before breaking down what he likes about each of them.

Washington: “I like the new coaches. Coach (Mike) Hopkins is a good dude and of course WC (Will Conroy) is like my big brother and he’s still there. I know a lot of the guys there. It’s a lot different but a lot is the same too. I feel comfortable with coach Hopkins there.”

Washington State: “They just hired coach (Ed) Haskins from Garfield. Me and him are very cool and he’s been talking to me lately.”

Oregon State: “Their coaches have been at my games; both workouts and in EYBL. I’m still learning about them.”

UCLA: “I’ve seen them at my games. I’ve been to the campus and know they’re at the top in a lot of categories. “

There have been some questions about whether or not former Washington head coach and current Arizona assistant Lorenzo Romar would recruit Porter to UA, which remains unclear.

“I’ve talked to coach Romar a bit but I don’t know if he’s going to recruit me at Arizona,” Porter said.

Scout’s 29th ranked prospect doesn’t plan on taking his time with a decision.

“I’m getting closer and closer every day,” he said. “I’ll most likely decide around August or September.”

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