Porter's father, Gary, says his son has turned down invitations to play for a summer league team sponsored by the same shoe company that sponsored the Louisville all-star game. "Maybe that had something to do with it, maybe it didn't," Gary Porter, his son's high school coach at Modesto, said. "Michael doesn't care. He would have loved to play, but he is working his butt off every day to get better and could care less about not being in that game.
"I don't do shoe stuff. I have been offered shoe deals, but I don't do them so nobody can tell me what to do. We buy our own shoes and uniforms. Maybe that hurt Michael in this instance."
While the all-star competition would have been nice, Michael Porter is doing more important things to potentially help his UK career. He's put on seven pounds of muscle since his basketball season ended. He's shooting 1,000 shots per day.
"A guy like Michael usually wouldn't go to an all-star game and overly impress you. He won't go to a camp and impress you the first day," Gary Porter said. "Chuck Hayes played for me, too, and he wouldn't impress you that first day. But as the camp or game goes on, you start to think that this guy can do this and that. I'm not bragging on my son, but he's a lot like Chuck. You have to watch him for a period of time to fully appreciate him."
The numbers seem to back him up. Michael Porter averaged 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals per game during his four-year career. He also was part of over 100 wins and shot 42 percent from 3-point range.
"He's not going to step in a be a star. We know that. I do have a feeling he will start some day. He's a guy that will come in and do what you ask him to do. He'll be the player Tubby (Smith) wants him to be. He might come in and score, but by the time the game ends he will have done the job Tubby wants."
Michael porter will arrive in Lexington in early June and start summer school June 8.