It looks like it’s going to be a Pac-12 battle for the services of 2018 four-star prospect Kevin Porter Jr., after the Rainier Beach High School (WA) stand-out narrowed his list of potential destinations to six final schools from the “Conference of Champions” late on Monday night, via a post on his Twitter account. The six programs, which includes California, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington, are all now expected to make a large summer recruiting push for the 6’ 5” guard’s services over the summer.
Porter Jr. recently spoke to Julius Kim of Elevate Hoops on his recruiting situation, stating that “he hopes to make his college decision by September”, but at the moment, he “does not have any visits set up”. He also told Kim, “I chose these schools because they showed major interest and stayed in touch with me and my coaches. They have supported me throughout my summer events and I can see myself on one of these team rosters when I go off to college.”
The inclusion of the Beavers is a bit interesting, considering Oregon State is the only team on Porter Jr.’s final list to have yet to offer him a scholarship, but their pursuit of Porter Jr. would be a savvy move, considering not only would the four-star lefty swingman be a perfect program fit, but he also competes for notable Nike EYBL program Seattle Rotary, alongside 2019 target P.J. Fuller and 2018 in-state prospect Khalil Chatman.
Within Kim’s article, which can be found here, Porter Jr. also speaks candidly on each school, specifically noting that the Oregon State coaching staff are “good dudes” and that the Beavers programs “usually lets players go to find their roles.” The rest of the quotes about each team can be found below.
California: “California’s coaching staff came in and watched me play and immediately gave me an offer which was a confidence booster. They showed me that they believe that I can be a major and key part to their program.”
Oregon: “Oregon showed me love ever since they’ve seen me play. They’re a great all around program and they do well with developing players’ weakness and improving strengths as well.”
Oregon State: “Oregon State’s coaching staff are good dudes and they are a program that usually lets players go to find their roles.”
UCLA: “Coach (David) Grace showed me around the campus which I liked and UCLA being a successful school, going far in the tourney is what I like most there. They’re playing type is similar to USC so I would feel comfortable coming in as well at UCLA.”
USC: “How they play matches my playing style. I would feel very comfortable coming in if I was to go to USC and what they did last year as a program was outstanding. They want me to come in and play my game which is to score at will and defend.”
Washington: “UW, being my hometown, I’m always going to consider going there. The green light and my leadership would be tested the most at UW and their new coaching staff made me feel at home when I first met them.”
If Oregon State was to land Porter Jr. in the end, he’d be the second commit of the 2018 class, joining seven-footer Jack Wilson from Junípero Serra High School in California, who verbally committed to the Beavers back in September of 2016. Other notable targets for the Beavers in the 2018 class include 6’ 7” forward Jarvis Thomas-Omersa and 6’ 6” Washington product Emmitt Matthews, Jr..