Porter impressed with Crean, Indiana #iubb

WESTFIELD — When Tom Crean pitched player development, Michael Porter listened closely.

Porter, a 6-foot-9 blue chip wing in the 2017 class, hosted Crean at his family’s Colombia, Mo. home on Tuesday and paid special attention to the Indiana coach’s vision for his future.

“Look at OG Anunoby over there,” Porter said Saturday at the Nike EYBL Session II at Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse. “I live like right where he grew up (in Jefferson City, Mo.). Just seeing him — he was not that good when he went to Indiana, then to see what coach Crean and his staff have done with players like that, it’s really attractive.”

With that degree of development in mind, Porter is considering IU among a list of other high-major offers. Porter told reporters after Saturday’s morning session that Washington, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Virginia have also made him a priority this spring, just like the Hoosiers.

There’s a lot to like in Porter, considered a top-five player in his class. He’s a potential matchup problem with his length and presents an impressive level of fluidity across nearly every facet of his game.

Through his first five EYBL games this spring, Porter is averaging 21.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, while shooting 60 percent from the field. Porter is playing for MOKAN Elite — the same AAU program that produced current IU forward Juwan Morgan, who made the drive to Westfield Saturday to watch a slice of the afternoon action.

“I’m trying to prove I’m the best player in the country,” Porter said. “I’ve got a lot of things I have to do to prove that, but in my heart I feel I am and I really want to go out and prove that every game.”

Porter has the pedigree to help get him there.

His father, Michael Sr., played at the University of New Orleans in the late 1980s and is currently an assistant for the Missouri women’s team. His mother, Lisa, starred at Iowa from 1983-87, scoring 1,335 career points for the Hawkeyes.

“It’s just a blessing to be in this position that I’m in,” Porter said. “Everyone wants to be recruited by these high-major schools, so first of all, I just consider it a blessing. My mom and my dad have been through it. They both played college ball, so they help me. They really help me get through it and keep me on the right track with everything.”

As he weighs his college options, Porter says he and MOKAN teammate Trae Young have considered choosing a school as a package deal. Young, a five-star point guard from Norman, Ok., doesn’t list an offer from the Hoosiers.

Porter said there’s an “80 to 85 percent” chance that he and Young wind up at the same college.

“There are a couple schools on his list I probably wouldn’t go to, but that’s the same with me,” Porter said. “Most of the schools that we have in common, we would go together.”

In the meantime, Porter said IU has left a mark.

“Indiana, they’re recruiting me hard,” he said. “Coach Crean has been to a lot of my games and we’ve been talking on the phone a lot. I really like him and I really like what he’s doing at Indiana.”

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  1. OK the obvious question: why doesn’t Crean offer Porter’s teammate Young a scholarship? It would improve IU’s chances of landing Porter (from 15% to 100% opportunity, not that Porter would be a lock) and Young is a 5 star PG! Do it now!

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