Michael Porter Jr.’s commitment to Missouri could pay off for the Tigers in more ways than one.
Porter’s choice to join Mizzou is all the rage among Tigers fans. It’s a remarkable development for a program that has missed the NCAA Tournament the past four seasons. Missouri also finished a miserable 27-68 under former coach Kim Anderson the past three campaigns.
Turns out, Porter might become the Tigers’ best recruiter as new coach Cuonzo Martin tries to stage a significant rebuilding job.
In a piece by Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen, Porter said he told undecided prospects at the McDonald’s All-American Game that they should “go do something special” in Columbia. Check out part of the piece below.
Of the 24 players competing in Chicago this week, six are undecided, meaning they’re all now Missouri targets. One sticks out: 6’8” wing Kevin Knox, who said Porter has been in his ear all week and that Missouri is now a possibility.
“I just tell them, especially these dudes, let’s go do something special,” Porter said Tuesday. “It can be our team, and we can go in there and do something special and then head to the league together whenever we decide to go, after one or two years. Plus, I’m close with a lot of these dudes, so I think they might like playing with me.”
This is a great development if you’re a Missouri fan. It’s clear that Porter already feels a connection to Mizzou, and it’s encouraging that he’s being proactive in trying to draw other top talent to a program that could use a rush of good news.
The future looks bright with Porter. He was named the McDonald’s All-American game’s MVP on Wednesday after finishing with a team-high 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Will other top talent follow Porter to Columbia? It remains to be seen. Still, all of the sudden, Missouri basketball is setting itself up to be one of the SEC’s more fascinating stories next season.