The Washington Huskies have fired head coach Lorenzo Romar, a move that is bound to have a dramatic affect on college basketball.
Washington has parted ways with Lorenzo Romar, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 15, 2017
Romar is coming off one off his worst season as the Huskies’ head man, but he’s done enough to keep landing elite prospects years after year, including Michael Porter Jr., arguably the best player in the Class of 2017.
With Romar out, one would assume Porter will at least explore other programs, though his ultimate destination will still likely be where his dad is coaching. Washington hired Michael’s father, Michael Porter Sr., to help lure the elite wing to pick Washington this past fall.
But with Romar now out, it looks like Porter Sr.’s future there is very much up in the air. It’s hard to see the Kentucky Wildcats making a serious run at Porter Jr., especially if they have to hire his dad, but they were recruiting the son before he ultimately committed to Washington.
It actually sounds like the Missouri Tigers could be a landing sport for Porter Jr. and Sr. after they just hired Cuonzo Martin.
Cuonzo Martin will add Michael Porter Sr as an assistant, per sources. Michael Porter Jr did not sign an NLI.— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) March 15, 2017
If this somehow happens, Missouri would go from SEC bottom-feeder to legit NCAA Tournament threat next season, which we all know the SEC needs more of, even with five teams getting in this year. The bottom of the league needs a big upgrade for this league to continue moving forward, so having guys like Porter land at Missouri would certainly help boost the profile of the entire league.
Washington has also been heavily involved in the recruitment of 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley, whom Kentucky is also recruiting. Quickley is the only 2018 point guard with an offer from John Calipari right now, so now that Romar is out of the picture, this bodes well for Kentucky as they look for their annual five-star point guard.