All Eyes On Michael Porter Jr.'s Next Big Decision
This had nothing to do with No. 1 Nathan Hale, which went from 3-18 last year to 29-0 this season largely in part to Porter's ascension as the consensus No. 1 player in the country, or head coach Brandon Roy, the former NBA All-Star who Porter grew close with since his move last summer. That ride is officially done after the Raiders declined a bid for DICK'S Sporting Goods Nationals later this month.
For Porter, this was was much more personal.
All of the plans that led him to move from Columbia, Missouri, to the Emerald City were spoiled in a matter of minutes.
The college basketball coaching carousal, something expected each offseason, hit home Wednesday when Washington fired Lorenzo Romar after 15 years with the program. It was a move some speculated yet also one that didn't seem possible to others.
Why would the Huskies fire Romar now? Why would the program risk losing perhaps its best recruiting class ever?
Everything was set. Porter, the 2017 Flo40 No. 1 prospect, committed to Washington soon after Romar, his godfather, hired his father and best friend, Michael Porter Sr., as an assistant coach. Jontay Porter, the No. 23 prospect for 2018, committed as well. The entire family then moved to Seattle before the school year.
This all seemed like a perfect fit. Instead, it became a perfect storm.
A change is on the horizon. Porter Sr. has reportedly accepted the assistant coaching position with newly hired Cuonzo Martin at Missouri, where his two daughters play for the women's team. It's also where he spent four years as an assistant for the women's program before Romar hired him at Washington.
Now, the biggest question…
What's next for Michael Porter Jr.?
Although the 6-foot-9 small forward committed to Washington, he did not sign his letter of intent. And without his godfather, father, and family in Seattle, will he stay? Or, will he return to Columbia where he grew up and play for his father at Missouri?
Of course, those aren't the only options. Flo40 point guard and former Mokan Elite teammate Trae Young, who recently committed to Oklahoma, even decided to join the conversation to perhaps thicken the plot.
It's only a matter of time before a decision will be made, but, in the meantime, all eyes will be on Porter to see what will happen.