Late on Wednesday night, news broke that Michael Porter Jr., the nation’s top basketball recruit, asked to be released from his letter of intent with Washington. The decision comes after Lorenzo Romar’s 15-year stint as the Huskies head coach ended roughly a week ago — subsequently releasing Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant coach. Now, with Porter Jr.’s recruitment open once again, where will he land?
Currently it appears as though the list includes Missouri, Virginia, Washington, and Oklahoma. Yes, you heard that right…Oklahoma! Back in 2015 while playing for MoKan Elite, Porter Jr. and former teammate Trae Young mentioned their intentions to play together on the collegiate level.
“We’ve been talking about it a lot and we’ve gotten really close over the last couple of months playing together with Mokan Elite so we’re gonna make it happen,” said Porter. “We’re pretty serious about it.”
Young echoed the sentiments in 2015 stating, “Yep we’re gonna do it. We’re putting it out there that we’re gonna play together. We just feel like we can do big things together.”
However, the plan fell apart as the two opted not only to play at two different schools, but also in two difference conferences. Fast forward to today and the opportunity once again arises but there are a few hurdles to clear.
First and foremost, the Oklahoma Sooners do not have a scholarship available. NewsOK‘s Ryan Aber pointed out the most likely scenario in which room is created for a player like Porter Jr. in, “if a player transfers—and the Sooners have had at least one scholarship player leave before their eligibility expired in three of the previous four offseasons—Porter Jr. could have room.”
Secondly, Porter Sr. is expected to join the Missouri coaching staff. Initially, many thought Washington hired the dad in order to get the son noting that the risk was well worth the reward. Can the same be said about the Tigers? Unlikely as Missouri simply runs in the family. Older sisters Bri and Cierra are both members of the women’s basketball program. It would be a reunion of sorts for the Porter family assuming that is the school of choice for Porter Jr.
Truth be told, Porter Jr. possesses one-and-done type talent and he knows it. Could his one year of college be spent in Norman at the University of Oklahoma?