The Missouri basketball team took a tumble off the major college hoops radar over the past few seasons, plummeting to the bottom of the SEC years after commandeering a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
But the Tigers will be one of the more interesting teams to take the court next season, and the anticipation for their season received some extra ammunition on Wednesday night. Jontay Porter, the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., will reclassify and be part of the class of 2017, the younger Porter announced Wednesday.
Jontay Porter ranks as the No. 10 player in the class of 2018, according to ESPN.com. His brother, of course, is the No. 1 incoming freshman in this year’s class and the projected No. 1 overall NBA pick in 2018. A 6-foot-11 forward, Jontay Porter made this decision in order to play with his 6-foot-10 brother who is expected to be a one-and-done performer.
Class of '17 here I come 😎 pic.twitter.com/qKGARgEcBi
— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) August 10, 2017
“This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it,” Jontay Porter said, via ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we’ve played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues.”
This status adjustment was rumored for a while, and now it bolsters the Mizzou front-court immensely for the coming season. Jontay is barely a year younger than Michael.
Michael Porter Sr. is now an assistant coach on Cuonzo Martin’s staff, coming over after a year at Washington. The Porter sons both played high school basketball together, first in Columbia, Mo., then in Seattle. Jontay decided to join Missouri’s team instead of returning to Tolton High School — the Columbia High School at which he played before the Seattle move.
Porter will graduate from high school a year early and supply the Tigers with two elite talents, the likes of which the program hasn’t seen in many years.
“He makes everything easier for everybody on the court and that’s one thing that he’s very good with,” Michael Porter Jr. told ESPN of his brother. “He might not fill the stat sheet in term of points, but the way he attacks the game it makes it so much easier. I think him coming here alongside the other players we have here will be ridiculous.”
Two more top-100 recruits, forward Jeremiah Tilmon and point guard Blake Harris, are joining the team. Mizzou has won just 18 games combined over the past two seasons — its worst two-year total since the 1960s.