Winning and Coaching Important For Porter

One of the top prospects in the class of 2017, Missouri's Michael Porter, Jr., has an early idea of what will be important as he narrows down an extensive list of offers.

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the premier prospects in the Class of 2017 is 6-foot-8 Missouri native Michael Porter Jr.

Regarded as the No. 3 prospect in the national class, according to Scout.com, the five-star wing has become one of the most sought-after players in the country this spring and he already owns a scholarship offer from Duke.

The Blue Devils are going to be among a bevy of suitors for Porter and he's currently taking his time in the recruiting process. Because Porter's father, Michael Sr., is a women's basketball assistant coach at Missouri, the family has experienced the recruiting process firsthand as both of Porter's sisters play for the Tigers. He's started to hear from family members about what it's like to be recruited and play big-time college basketball.


"[My sisters] committed when they were in 9th grade. They didn't really go through [recruiting] because they committed to early," Porter said. "My aunt is the head coach at Missouri and my dad is the assistant coach. It's more my Dad that talks to me about it because he went through it. He went to the University of New Orleans. He really drives me down the right path and tells me how it goes."

Porter is mum on talking about a lot of schools right now since he's so early in the recruiting process, but he's already planned some unofficial visits to Washington on June 6 and to Virginia when he attends NBPA Top 100 Camp later during June.

"All the offers I have, I'm really blessed to have them. I haven't really cut down a list or favoring any schools yet. I'm just trying to keep it wide open," Porter said. "It's really exciting. I'm just trying to take it slow and enjoy the process. I know that I'm blessed because not a lot of kids are in my position so I just try to stay humble."

Although many might view Missouri as a favorite because of the family connection to Porter, the five-star prospect said that there's no pressure to go anywhere in particular. Besides the connection to the Tigers, Porter's mom also played basketball at Iowa.

"There's not a pull. Everybody in Columbia is hoping I go [to Missouri] but my mom or my dad aren't really pushing me," Porter said.

In a future program, Porter wants to focus on a few different things early on that will help him cut his list down.

"The coaching, how they develop the players, if I'm going to be able to win there," Porter said. "I really don't like losing. Just the entire structure of the team."

This spring in the Nike EYBL, Porter put together a really strong season as he played in 14 games and averaged 17.4 points, 7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in only 21.4 minutes of action per game. While he usually stuffed the stat sheet every game, Porter also shot 56 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free-throw line. Already a well-rounded player, Porter is still looking to work on a few things with his game this summer.

"Really just strength and ball handling," Porter said. "I have the perimeter skills, I'm just trying to polish them and better my moves and get stronger."

There is no current timeframe for Porter to form a list of schools he's really looking at, but he does plan on taking some time this summer to formulate the criteria that will help him decide his future visits.

"I'm going to sit down sometime this summer and talk about which schools I want to pursue getting to know. You can't visit every single school," Porter said.


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