The nation’s No. 1 overall incoming college basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr has officially asked the University of Washington to be released from his National Letter of Intent (NLI).

Porter’s announcement was made while Washington was holding an official press conference to introduce their new head coach Mike Hopkins. According to Porter, Hopkins has yet to reach out to him. According to members of Porter’s family, Porter was the only incoming recruit that Hopkins had not reached out to. 

Porter, who helped the Huskies earn the 3rd overall incoming recruiting class in the nation, was heavily leaning toward requesting a release from his NLI following the firing of former head coach Lorenzo Romar. Romar employed Porter’s father, Michael Porter Sr, as an assistant on his staff. Porter Sr has since been hired as an assistant at Missouri.

Late last week, Porter’s younger brother Jontay was the first Husky commit to announce he was decommitting from the program. Jontay Porter is a member of the 2017-18 recruiting class and has one year left in high school.

While Michael Porter Jr is seeking to be released from his NLI, he still left the door open to becoming a Husky.

UW Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen stated she would grant the request of any player who asked to be released from their NLI shortly after Romar was fired last week. 

Porter stated he is currently keeping his options open regarding the schools he is considering. Hopkins stated in today’s press conference that “the poachers are out” regarding incoming Washington recruits. 

Porter received a reported 16 offers prior to committing to Washington. Due to his father’s presence as an assistant, Missouri is considered the current front-runner for Porter along with Washington. 

Following Romar’s firing, Washington has now lost a total of three incoming basketball recruit. Guard Blake Harris was released from his NLI by the university yesterday.