As one of the best players in the 2017 class, Michael Porter Jr. is one of the most sought after targets in college basketball recruiting.
The 6’9″, 210-pound small forward from Columbia, Mo., is ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 small forward and No. 2 overall player in the class of 2017.
On Wednesday night, Porter tweeted the announcement that he’d trimmed his list of potential schools he’s considering to 10, and it’s a list that still includes Duke.
Along with the Blue Devils, Missouri, Washington, Stanford, Kentucky, UCLA, Syracuse, Indiana, Kansas, and Virginia are still in the running.
Excited to cut my list to 10! I Appreciate all of the other schools who have invested their time in recruiting me. pic.twitter.com/rfKXud4Ttp
— Michael Porter Jr. (@m1chael_porter) August 5, 2015
Porter tweeted a picture of himself with Virginia head coach Tony Bennett in Charlottesville on Wednesday afternoon, and his younger brother committed earlier this week to playing his college basketball at Washington. As a Missouri native, Porter also reportedly has strong ties to the Missouri program, which is working hard to persuade the 5-star recruit into staying close to home and helping turn the program around.
One thing working in Duke’s favor in the recruitment of Porter is the close relationship he has with Trae Young, who has seemingly emerged as Duke’s top point guard target in the class of 2017. Porter and Young are already AAU teammates and have talked about the idea of playing together in college.