Mizzou basketball landed the No. 1 recruit in the nation on Friday in Michael Porter Jr. And on Monday, he explained exactly why.
Porter, the top prospect in the class of 2017, committed to the Tigers shortly after his father accepted an assistant coach position in Columbia. He outlined the reasoning for his decision in a blog for USA Today. While his father didn’t pressure him to go to Missouri, Porter said he chose the Tigers because of the opportunity to play for his father and because of the relationships he has there.
“At the end of the day, I want to play with my dad,” Porter said. “He 100 percent left it up to me, but I love and trust my dad and I knew that this was the right situation for me.”
Porter also called Missouri “home.” After spending much of his life in Columbia, he said he’s extremely comfortable there.
“I’ve shot more shots at Mizzou Arena than I can count and worked out in the weight room a lot so I’m really comfortable with it!” Porter wrote. “It’s home. I know a bunch of people there and I’ve got all of my friends there, so it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
Porter is a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked player in the country according to ESPN and 247Sports.