Terry Porter On Recruiting: ‘If You Commit To Us, I’m Going To Commit To You’

    Terry Porter spoke with The Seth Davis Show about recruiting players to the University of Portland, and the questions he's asked while out on the trail.

    March 21, 2018

    Terry Porter spoke with The Seth Davis Show about recruiting players to the University of Portland, and the questions he’s asked while out on the trail.


    Recruiting is the lifeblood of college sports. No matter how good the coach and staff, a program’s ceiling is only as high as the players that take the court.

    Portland Pilots head basketball coach Terry Porter knows as much. He also recognizes that negative recruiting comes with the territory when out on the trail. Opponents will work to spin Porter’s NBA experience as a negative, telling recruits that he’s got one foot out the door, ready to flee whenever The Association comes calling. To counteract that, Porter told The Seth Davis Show, he heads people off at the pass.

    “That’s the question I’ve been asked by families and by kids: ‘Coach, how long are you going to be there? What’s your contract?’ Obviously when you’re in the recruiting battles, the other coaches are trying to figure out something to counter the NBA piece, if they don’t have the NBA piece. It’s going back and forth.”

    So what, exactly, does Porter tell prospects and their families when directly questioned about how long he’ll be at Portland?

    “So I definitely assure kids that ‘If you’re going to commit to us, I’m going to commit to you as well. I’m going to be there for as long as your stay is there and make sure that we make you the best basketball player and the best young man you can possibly be when you leave the University of Portland.'”

    Given his deep ties to the Portland community, that’ll be a tough sell for any recruits on the fence to turn down.

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