'Baby Durant' a hot commodity in Missouri
Michael Porter, if you’re just getting acquainted, is a small forward who ranks as the No. 2 overall basketball recruit in the class of 2017, according to a consensus of recruiting rankings. If you remove St. Louis from the equation, he is perhaps the best recruit from the state of Missouri since at least JaRon Rush in the late 1990s.
He is currently 6-9 — and maybe still growing — but can shoot from NBA three-point range and move with the graceful quickness of a guard. And for college coaches — from KU’s Bill Self to Kentucky’s John Calipari to Mizzou’s Kim Anderson — the most intriguing thing is not how good Porter is right now. It’s how good he could become.
His nickname? 'Baby Durant.' And according to Matt Suther, the founder of Porter’s MOKAN AAU program, says of Porter, "You could argue that his ceiling is as high as anybody that’s ever played the game.”
That sort of praise seems a bit premature, but the point remains: Porter is someone for hoops junkies to keep an eye on going forward.