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Michael Porter commits to Washington

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that was far from unexpected, 2017 five-star forward Michael Porter, Jr. committed to Washington last week. The Huskies’ head coach, Lorenzo Romar, is Porter’s godfather. Porter’s father Michael Porter, Sr. is joining Washington as an assistant coach, and Porter’s younger brother Jontay is also a Washington commit.

While it wasn’t a surprise, Porter’s commitment has huge implications for the Huskies, Pac-12, and entire country.

First, we’ll take a look at what it means for Washington.

Lorenzo Romar and company have a very solid roster heading into this season, considering they lost Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss to the NBA Draft, spearheaded by top 10 freshman Markelle Fultz. While it’s possible that Fultz is a one and done and heads to the NBA after the season, landing a five-star player in Porter continue’s to add to Romar’s legacy as a strong recruiter.

Pac-12 recruiting remains an arms race, as Porter is the conference’s ninth top 20 commit since 2014.

What exactly is it that has Porter at #4 on the ESPN Top 100 for 2017, though? Let’s take a look.

For starters, he’s one of the fastest 6’10” players you’ll ever see. He makes the game look easy on both sides of the ball. Porter was also named the MVP of Peach Jam earlier this month after averaging 26.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game over the seven games he played.

Simply put, Michael Porter is a game-changer for the Washington Huskies. Washington fans should be incredibly excited to see him, and appreciate him every game, because he might not be long for the college level.