Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington

Michael Porter Jr., nation's No. 1 recruit, asks Washington for release

Porter Jr. also said his younger brother, 2018 four-star power forward prospect Jontay Porter, is considering an early graduation and reclassifying to enter college next season. According to Oregon Live, Porter averaged 34.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per game this season.

Porter was offered and aggressively pursued by almost every program in the country before committing to Washington last summer, two months after his father accepted an assistant coaching position under Lorenzo Romar. It was a picture of him as a player and he's ripping his jersey over to the side and you know how a picture says a thousand words?

UW athletic director Jen Cohen said Hopkins has yet to meet with Porter Sr., who recently completed the first year of a two-year contract, though he will in the coming days to determine whether he wants to retain Porter Sr. on his new staff. Cohen has also said any signed recruit who meets Hopkins and no longer wants to come to UW will be granted a release from his letter. Due likely to the recent firing of Washington coaches Lorenzo Romar and Michael Porter Sr. top high school recruit Michael Porter Jr. has requested his release from the Washington program. "Not saying I won't still go there, but it was unfortunate. It could be something real, real special just to come home and do my thing there, it would special". "But I have not met him yet, and he has not reached out to me".

Though the award places him among basketball royalty and reaffirms his spot as one of the greatest prep players of all time, his father Michael Sr. and new Missouri basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin commanded just as much attention, even if Michael Sr. didn't want it and Martin wasn't even there. "I just thought I want to be able to start over and look at all these schools and look at the pros and cons of each one". "Obviously if he accepts it before I know that I'm going to go there people are going to expect me to follow him so he wants to be careful about that".

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Washington will have to grant Porter Jr.'s release him from his letter of intent for him to go elsewhere.

While declining to say how many schools he is considering now, Porter Jr. said Missouri, Washington and Oklahoma, where his friend Trae Young has committed to play next season, are definitely on the list. The 6-foot-10 combo forward is a fluid and explosive athlete who can attack the rim. It's not him forcing me, but I love my dad, I trust my dad. Michael Jr. and his brother, Jontay, ended up at Nathan Hale and both later committed to Washington. "He said Cuonzo's a great guy, he's a victor, he has a competitiveness to him, so I've heard all great things about him". I went there knowing I could make a big difference at a school that didn't have anything like that before. Right after that, I win this Gatorade Player of the Year.

Porter was adamant that what his father does won't be the determining factor in his decision.

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