Saturday, May 7, 2016

Huskies’ prospects for Porter improve

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


It seems the University of Washington wasn’t the only school to offer Michael Porter Sr., dad of high school junior phenom Michael Porter Jr., a coaching job in recent weeks.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri coach Kim Anderson offered Porter Sr., “a lucrative multiyear contract offer” to leave his job as Mizzou assistant women’s coach to join the men’s staff. The P-D said Texas A&M; also tried to hire Porter Sr., who Friday accepted an offer to work on Lorenzo Romar’s Husky staff.

Washington, of course, now becomes the overwhelming favorite to land Porter, a 6-8 small forward from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Mo., who is ranked No. 2 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by

Porter’s brother Jontay, a sophomore guard, has already orally committed to play at Washington. Romar, by the way, is godfather of Michael Porter Jr., who has a list of 10: Washington, Kansas University, Duke, Kentucky, Missouri, Stanford, Indiana, UCLA, Syracuse and Virginia.

“I have no idea where (Michael) is headed, but I know we’re going to be recruiting him hard,” Porter Sr. told “Ultimately it’s his decision and we were up front when we were talking about (joining the staff) that this was not about Michael coming too. They were separate things and we’ve kept them that way.”

Porter Sr., has spent the last three seasons as assistant women’s coach at Missouri. His daughters, Bri and Cerra, play for the Tigers. Porter Sr, and Romar are longtime buddies, each standing up in the other’s wedding.

“Washington now has Michel Porter’s father as an assistant, brother as a 2018 commit, and godfather as its head coach. Strong pitch,” assessed’s Jeff Borzello.

It is not known whether Porter’s buddy, Trae Young (6-1 junior, Norman, Okla. North), will add Washington to his list of schools. The 13-ranked Young has a list of KU, Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Stanford, Virginia, Texas and others. Porter and Young have talked about being a package deal.

Green offered: Quade Green, a 5-11 junior point guard from Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti High, who is ranked No. 50 by, last week received a scholarship offer from KU, according to

“Coach (Bill) Self gave me an offer. I’ve heard they let their guards go (and) they got great alumni,” Green told Zagsblog.

Green has also received offers from Syracuse, Miami, Xavier and Temple and has heard from Duke.

“(Green) is a real hard worker so his ceiling is high,” Neumann-Goretti coach Carl Arrigale told Zagsblog. “He’s really out to show he can run a team. He is a plus shooter and ball-handler with a great deal of poise and no fear. He has a chance to be special.”

Dooley rewarded: Former KU assistant coach Joe Dooley, third-year head coach at Florida Gulf Coast, has been awarded a two-year contract extension and raise through 2019-20. Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Dooley is 65-38 at Gulf Coast through three seasons. The Eagles reached the NCAA tournament this past season.

“I first want to thank director of athletics Ken Kavanagh and University President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw for instilling their trust in me to continue to lead this great program,” Dooley said. “This is a terrific opportunity to continue building something really special with a talented group of returners and newcomers, and I’m looking forward to getting started with the 2016-17 season.”


Yonatan Negash 5 years, 8 months ago

University of Washington it is.

Don't see Michael Porter Jr. not following his father, Godfather, and brother to Washington.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 8 months ago

I think it's great that Porter Sr is heading off to be an assitant coach at UW but he doesn't have to make a ridiculous statement like 'they were separate things and we’ve kept them that way” with regards to his son.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually, he does have to make those statements because if he said he was hired by Romar in an attempt to land Porter Jr., it would be an NCAA violation.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 8 months ago

Can he just not say anything? That seems to be the best way rather than making a ridiculous statement everybody knows is BS.

Greg Ledom 5 years, 8 months ago

Look, we all know Danny didn't come to Kansas just because his dad got a job with the program.........or did he....... ;-) tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 8 months ago

Not that it really makes much difference but Ed Manning was hired while Danny still had some high school to finish, which he did in Lawrence. Thus, Lawrence had become "home" to Danny and Kansas was his hometown school. Nevertheless, nobody, including me, believes Ed Manning's hiring wasn't an attempt to get the upper hand on signing Danny. Never mind that Ed was qualified to coach at KU.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 8 months ago

Ed Manning had one year of coaching as an assistant at North Carolina A&T but when hired at Kansas, he had been a long haul trucker for the previous four years.

Not sure if that qualifies for an assistant coach at a "Blueblood" program. Personally, I think it was a smart move by Larry Brown and didn't violate any NCAA rules at that time.

Would be interested if you had some other info on Ed Manning's qualifications.

Vernon Riggs 5 years, 8 months ago

When Larry left Kansas to go the SA Spurs, Ed Manning went with him and was on the Spurs bench with him. If Ed was hired only to get Danny, Larry wouldn't have taken him to the NBA.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 8 months ago

Of course you're right, Suzi. Typical hypocrisy. I don't begrudge what UW did, but don't insult everyone's intelligence with an obviously false statement.

Steve Macy 5 years, 8 months ago

What I gather about this, Mizz lose is still Mizz lose. They offered Porter Sr. a women's assistant coach a job on the men's team to keep him, and they still lost him, now have to wonder if HIS two daughters on the women's team will stay, so far they say they are.
Probably a long shot for KU to get Jr., Next!!

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 8 months ago

You know it's bad when you can't recruit a hometown kid whose father works at the University.

Gavin Fritton 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, at least he won't be going to Mizzou, Duke or Kentucky. These are all victories, albeit small ones.

Kris Weidling 5 years, 8 months ago

Romar is on the hot seat at Washington. No NCAA tourney this year and it would be tough to see him keeping his job.

Page Butler 5 years, 8 months ago

Is there anyone questioning that maybe we hired Bill Self to get Tyler? Or we hired Danny to get Evan? Where's the outrage?

Mick Allen 5 years, 8 months ago

Would the point guard Young, who is from Oklahoma, follow Potter to Washington? If Romar is on shaky ground and in light of the fact that the Huskies haven't had a successful program in decades, we'll see how deep a friendship Young and Potter have.

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