With the 2016 Syracuse University basketball recruiting class wrapped up, Jim Boeheim and his staff are turning their attention to the 2017 cycle. The Orange made the first cut for one of the biggest fish in the pond tonight, as Michael Porter, Jr., the No. 2 player in the nation, included Syracuse among his top 10.
It’s a strong list for the 6-foot-9, 195 pound small forward, and believe it or not the team to beat may wind up being Washington. Porter’s brother Jontay, a class of 2018 prospect, just pledged to Lorenzo Romar’s squad. Like his big brother, Jontay is 6-foot-9, and right now you might be wondering how Romar was able to rope in one big time prospect and could land his even more highly regarded older brother, too. The answer is simple: Romar is Porter’s godfather.
Of course, Syracuse already has someone working hard on Porter outside of the coaching staff, and if you’ve been following the Orange’s recruiting efforts lately it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that it’s 2016 pledge Matthew Moyer.
Porter is obviously a big time prospect, and an almost certain one-and-done recruit who NBA scouts are no doubt already eyeballing. He’s a long, explosive athlete who loves to finish with authority on the break but also has range out to the three point line. It’s incredibly easy to look at his build, his athleticism, combined with his ballhandling and long range shooting ability and think “Kevin Durant.” That’s the type of talent we’re looking at here with Porter, and it’s big reason that, along with Trevon Duval, he’s one of the highest priorities for the Orange in the class of 2017.