Gary Porter, the father of Kentucky sophomore guard Michael Porter, made the the trip from California last week to watch his son play.
Gary Porter is the coach at Modesto High School where he coached former UK star Chuck Hayes, who now starts for the Houston Rockets.
This is the third part of a four-part series with him.
Question: How proud of you are Chuck Hayes and what he is doing with the Houston Rockets?
Porter: "I have always been proud of Chuck Hayes. I have known him since fifth grade when he was a little boy with a big, ole head. Even to this day when he sees me — and I am going to see him this week — he is still just a normal kid. I am very proud of him."
Question: Has it surprised you that he has done so well?
Porter: "Not really. It surprises me that he starts, but not his work ethic. You have seen that here. That is just the way he is. I figured if that is what he put his mind to, he would probably do it. That is the way with my own son. He might not have as much talent as the other guys, but he is going to give you everything he has got. He is going to bring it every time, too."
Question: It has to make you see guys like Chuck and your son rewarded for playing so hard and getting the maximum out of their talent?
Porter: "It does. Obviously you have to be good enough to play. There are a lot of kids who will hustle. I love my grandmother, but I wouldn't play her. I know the time both of these kids put in. Obviously Michael got a chance as a little boy to watch Chuck, and that helps. I don't care what anybody says. I have had a lot of good players in our program, and Michael got the benefit of watching them. Hopefully now players benefit from him.
VAUGHT: Q&A with Gary Porter, Part 3
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