JOHN: Cats extend offers to pair of Californians

The Kentucky Wildcats extended offers to two high school teammates over the weekend, according to their coach, Gary Porter of Modesto Christian High School, in Modesto, California. Read more about the players' reactions to their visit to Lexington and what the immediate future may hold.

The Kentucky Wildcats extended offers to two high school teammates over the weekend, according to their coach, Gary Porter of Modesto Christian High School, in Modesto, California.

Michael Porter, a 6-foot-1 point guard, and Adrian Oliver, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, bothAdrian Oliver returned home from Lexington late Saturday night, and both received offers to play basketball for the University of Kentucky. "Both players really loved their visit to Kentucky," Porter said, "and they really loved the coaching staff. Michael said that Kentucky is all about basketball."

"I don't think there was any pressure from Kentucky's coaches for them to make decisions right away," Porter said, "I think Tubby was getting ready to leave for vacation. He told them to call one of the coaches on Monday if they had any questions."

In the case of Adrian Oliver, Porter was fairly certain that he would go ahead and take his visit to the University of Washington, scheduled for this weekend, "He leaves Thursday. And Washington's coach Romar has been recruiting him for a long time. Romar has treated him well and has done a good job with him, so I am pretty sure he will take the visit like he promised."

But does that mean that Washington has an edge?

"No, I would not say that," Porter said, "Oliver was very impressed with Kentucky and Kentucky is a basketball school. He was really impressed with the campus and Wildcat Lodge and really loved the staff. And then there is the whole thing with Michael."

Michael Porter and Adrian Oliver have played basketball together since the first grade. They have talked about playing together for a long time.   Washington does not have a spot for Porter, "I have video of those two playing together when they were about six years old," Porter said, "they do not hang around all day together or anything, but they compliment each other's game tremendously and frequently one will struggle when the other is not playing for some reason."

Michael Porter Package deal?

"Maybe," Porter said, "more often than not it the package deals do not work, but in this case it might. But it is not a deal breaker. If they have to break up they will. I just don't know what Adrian will decide after his trip to Seattle. If they have to break up, they will."

Michael, in particular, really fell in love out in Lexington according to coach Porter, Michael's father, "he had a visit scheduled to Cornell. I am not sure he is going to take that now."

Asked when a decision would likely be made by Michael and Adrian, Porter believed it would be fairly soon, perhaps before June, "I think Adrian will take his visit to Washington and we will all sit down sometime maybe next week and talk things through."

So what will it be like to see Michael play so far away from home?

"As a dad, it bothers me," Porter said, "I only saw Chuck play once in his four years at Kentucky. But it's Kentucky, after all. What can you say to a young man that gets an offer from Kentucky? If that is what he wants to do, I will certainly support that decision. I can't let my own personal feelings stand in the way of his development or his happiness."


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