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Kentucky Basketball may land top 2017 package deal in Michael Porter and Trae Young

Michael Porter in contention to be the top player in 2017. Trae Young may end up being the best point guard. The thought of them at the same school will cause nightmares for the rest of college basketball.

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The package deal has become somewhat of a common occurrence in college basketball, at least the talk of it is.

Just about every class sees a big-time package deal talked of, but ultimately fails to happen. Last year, Malik Newman publicly proclaimed that he and fellow Class of 2015 recruit Diamond Stone would be a package deal for one fortunate program.

However, Stone wound up at Maryland, while Newman later committed to Mississippi State. That came after Class of 2014 stars Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones executed a package deal to Duke, which led to the Blue Devils winning a national title.

So while it may not happen often, package deals can be huge for whatever program is fortunate enough to be the benefactor. Heck, UK landing the Harrison twins in 2013 was technically a package deal, and that helped lead to two straight Final Four trips and a national runner-up finish.

This year, maybe the best package deal being discussed is five-star forward Michael Porter teaming up with five-star point guard Trae Young. They've talked of said deal for awhile now, and they continued to reiterate their desire for such this weekend at the Nike EYBL.

"You have to do what’s best for you, but we really, really want to play together at the next level and that’s a really high possibility," Young told the Courier-Journal. "We benefit from each other. I make him look good; he makes me look really good. With him on the wing and me at the lead guard, I feel like we can do really big things at the next level, too."

Usually when it comes to a package deal, it involves a big man and a point guard. Everyone wants to play with a great floor general, and the 6-8 Porter sees that with him and Young.

"Chemistry is something that really appeals to me," Porter said. "We just developed that connection and on the court we’re always looking for each other. We make each other’s life easier. There’s something to say about doing your own thing, being a star, doing something different – but you want to play with and against great players. They make your life easier."

Looking at their 247 Sports Crystal Ball, it's clear that UK is in good position to land both if they do in fact play together in college.

And UK not only has some competition for both recruits, but also the top package deal even if Porter and Young come to UK Lexington. Duke is firmly in the mix for five-star big man Wendell Carter and five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., both of whom want to play in college together.

While UK is in the mix for those two and will get a visit from them for big Blue Madness, Duke is viewed as the favorite in both recruitments. Depending on which recruiting service you like best, it will be a close call between which package deal would be best.

The one service they favors UK is Rivals,com, who has Porter ranked third overall and Young 13th overall. That's in comparison to Carter at fourth overall and Trent Jr, at 15th overall.

Regardless of what Duke or any other team does, landing both Young and Porter would be huge for the Wildcats' 2017 class. That would likely ensure this is another championship contending-level class in contention for the top class overall.