JOHN: Porter on campus and working hard

Modesto Christian coach Gary Porter says son Michael is on campus and doing well. Michael Porter will be an incoming freshman guard on the University of Kentucky basketball team, "Michael in on campus and fitting in well. He is excited," said coach Porter, "he is working hard to develop his game and get into shape for the coming season."

Modesto Christian coach Gary Porter says son Michael is on campus and doing well. Michael Porter will be an incoming freshman guard on the University of Kentucky basketball team, "Michael in on campus and fitting in well. He is excited," said coach Porter, "he is working hard to develop his game and get into shape for the coming season."

Coach Porter said that Michael has been impressed with his new teammates thus far, "Michael said that Bradley and Crawford are really, really good, and so far he has been really impressed with Jared Carter. From everything I am hearing Carter is going to surprise a lot of people in the fall."

Carter played in just 17 games last year, a total of 86 minutes, averaging just a little over one point per game and pulling in a total of 24 rebounds for the season. But with the recent departures of Shagari Alleyne and Rekalin Sims, Porter thinks Carter may really see an opportunity for some significant minutes, "Michael says Carter has been playing very impressively in pick up games. This is a young man that could really step up and make a contribution this year."

Porter also says that Perry Stevenson is going to surprise some people, "Stevenson has put on about seven pounds of muscle already from what I hear. I think the new strength and conditioning coach is going to have a major impact on the team this year. I am hearing nothing but great things about Scott Holsopple. This is a very underrated position and Kentucky has really brought in a strong guy to get the job done."

The Modesto coach knows another incoming freshman very well, Derrick Jasper. Jasper played his high school ball in California and coach Porter saw quite a bit of him. "This is a young man ready for prime time right now," Porter said, "I think people knew Kentucky was getting a good one, but I don't think most people realize just how good. Jasper is going to make a difference from day one."

Coach Porter says that Michael is telling him good things about the team and how they are preparing this summer, "It really sounds to me like Crawford and Bradley are going to be improved. Bobby Perry had a great year especially toward the end of the year and he looks like he is going to pick up right where he left off."

Porter knows that the Cats lost a lot of talent this season. Patrick Sparks and Ravi Moss graduated. Rajon Rondo left the team for the NBA draft and the team also saw Sin and Alleyne transfer out, but the California coach believes this team will be strong, "I think Kentucky has a very solid core of talent coming back," Porter said, "The young players look like they will really improve and I think the incoming class is going to exceed the fans' expectations."

And the coach warns fans to not discount his son, "You know most fans just go off the recruiting rankings," Porter said, "but coach Tubby Smith knows full well what Michael is capable of. Michael has improved tremendously over the last year and he is going to work as hard as anyone to carve out a place for himself. I do not expect him to be an All-American or anything like that, but Michael will do the team proud."


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