Anti-Climatic Reports Now Confirm former Washington Huskies Michael Porter Jr. Following Father To University of Missouri
The University of Washington Huskies surely have seen this coming. Have you ever seen a movie where you know the ending from the moment the opening credits begin to roll? You know the ending if view a James Bond film. Bond will barely escape death several times. At some point, he will meet a beautiful woman. Finally, in the end he will foil the plans of the villain. But you watch it anyways to see how it all goes down.
So too did the fans of the University of Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball Team know how things would turn out long ago. In fact, it was the University of Missouri hire of California coach Cuonzo Martin which reportedly had set everything into motion.
Dad To Missouri, Sons Will Follow
In that narrative, Martin almost immediately offered an assistant coaching position at Missouri to Michael Porter Sr, who was then the assistant head coach to Lorenzo Romar. Porter, reports claimed, would leave the University of Washington for Missouri, and with him would go Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter.
And so, the news on March 24, 2017 came as no news at all:
Except for those who have not been following the story.
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T’was Already Done Deal
Michael Porter Jr. said the right things. He claimed the Washington Huskies were still in the mix. But the narrative of Porter Sr.’s hiring at Missouri seems more and more plausible. Michael Porter Sr. had long ago determined and accepted the new role at Missouri.
But the family agreed upon no public announcements until Michael Porter Jr. secured his release from his National Letter of Intent. The University of Washington had no obligation to release Porter Jr. . Had Porter Jr. broken the agreement, his eligibility to play NCAA basketball would have been delayed a year.
So the Porters drew up the plan. Get release from NLI. Then Porter Sr. could announce his new job. Then Porter Jr. could announce he was coincidentally joining his family in Missouri. It may have been that Michael Porter Sr.’s new job was contingent upon his sons joining him there.
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In the end, the finale was completely predictable. The only variable was the release of Coach Lorenzo Romar. And for that matter, the University of Washington have found themselves an excellent new head coach in Coach Hopkins.