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No. 4 recruit Michael Porter Jr. commits to Washington

Michael Porter Jr., the No. 4 player in the Class of 2017, has committed to play at Washington.

Porter has a long-standing relationship with Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar, who is his godfather. Michael Porter Sr., who was recently hired by Romar on his coaching staff, played with Romar in Athletes in Action during the early 1990s. Porter's younger brother Jontay is also a Washington commit.

"Talking to my dad and Romar, I knew it was where I wanted to go," Porter told ESPN just prior to boarding a plane for Chile, where he will play with the U.S. Under-18 national team.

Porter Sr. had been on the women's coaching staff at Missouri and had other offers from high-major Division I men's staffs before deciding to join Romar at Washington.

Porter Jr. was also looking at Indiana, Missouri, Virginia and Oklahoma.

"My dad told me it was the best place for me to get to the next level," Porter Jr. said. "I made it clear I wanted to be one-and-done if possible and he told me it was an ideal spot to do that. I trust my dad and I trust Coach Romar."

The 6-foot-9 Porter is arguably the most polished player in the Class of 2017. He's a skilled, athletic forward who can shoot it from beyond the arc, and can also put the ball on the floor and finish above the rim.

At No. 4 in the ESPN 100, Porter is Romar's highest-ranked recruit since the ESPN 100 launched in 2007, and he will be the 14th top-100 player to attend Washington (third most in the Pac-12 behind UCLA and Arizona). Romar just had two players drafted in the first round, including Marquese Chriss, who was taken eighth overall by Phoenix. Freshman guard Markelle Fultz has a chance to be a top-three pick next year.