IU makes the cut for Porter, Scruggs

Versatile five-star forward Michael Porter revealed his final five choices for college this week, keeping Indiana on a list that includes Washington, Missouri, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Porter is considered the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class and the No. 1 small forward, according to the 247 Sports Composite. IU coach Tom Crean visited the 6-foot-9 Porter at the family’s Columbia, Mo. home last month.

Now, it appears the Porters are on the move to the Pacific Northwest.

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Porters are set to move to Seattle after father Michael Sr. accepted an assistant’s job on the Huskies’ staff earlier this month. Michael Sr. spent the past three seasons as a women’s assistant at Mizzou.

So Washington appears to be the favorite to land Porter, given the list of family connections. Head coach Lorenzo Romar is Porter’s godfather, and Romar has already accepted a commitment from Porter’s younger brother, Jontay, for 2018.

Porter averaged 28.5 points and 11.8 rebounds as a high school junior last season, shooting 65.6 percent from the field.

Closer to Bloomington, IU remains in good shape with another 2017 priority target.

Southport point guard target Paul Scruggs trimmed his list Monday to Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State and Xavier, according to his Under Armour Indy Hoosiers AAU team’s Twitter.

Considered a four-star prospect and the No. 27 overall recruit in the 2017 class, Scruggs is expected to play for the Junior All-Star team as part of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series in early June. The juniors will play the seniors at Bloomington South on June 7.

3 comments

  1. It usually strikes me as a bit unseemly when a highly sought after recruit’s parent is suddenly the best candidate for a position in the athletic department especially at a school not known for landing top flight recruits. More questions arise when it is not close to a lateral move, such as a high school coach landing on a collegiate staff or a women’s coach on a men’s basketball staff.

    This ‘recruiting process’ looks like nothing more than a dog and pony show. This kid is headed to Washington.

  2. Yes, it certainly looks like Porter is headed to Washington. Great school, great campus (when it’s not raining), but not much of a BB program. He’ll only be at UW for a year, he and his team won’t win anything, and then he’ll be an NBA lottery pick. Makes complete sense that he’ll stay close to his family and do something for his father’s career on his way to the NBA.

  3. My sources close to Scuggs high school team said one year ago he was all about Kentucky. A lot can change in a year though.

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