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Washington's latest hire is a power play for top 2017 prospect

Michael Porter Jr. is among the most sought-after juniors in the country and is considering a long list of colleges. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

The announcement from the University of Washington wasn’t exactly headline-worthy on the surface: “UW Men’s Basketball Welcomes Michael Porter as an Assistant Coach.” Several high-major programs are still filling out their staffs for the 2016-17 season, and the Huskies were one of them.

Tucked away in the final paragraph of Washington’s announcement, however, was what made Porter’s hiring noteworthy: One of Porter’s eight children is Michael Porter Jr.

The same Michael Porter Jr. who is an elite prospect in the 2017 class, ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 60. The Father Tolton Catholic High School (Missouri) product is one of the most sought-after juniors in the country, averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds so far on the Nike EYBL circuit. The 6-foot-9 forward is considering a long list of schools that includes Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Indiana, Virginia, Missouri and several others.

Although there are two five-star prospects in the 2016 class still available, one of the more heated recruited battles this spring surrounded a coach. Missouri had plenty of angles to work: Porter Sr. was an assistant women’s coach there for the past three years; two of his daughters play for the women’s team; and Porter Jr.'s aunt is the head women’s basketball coach. Moreover, it was the hometown option. Sources told ESPN that the Tigers were pursuing Porter Sr. for an assistant coaching position. And they obviously weren’t the only one. Sources also said Texas A&M was keeping an assistant coach spot open him.