What an unbelievable month it’s been for the University of Missouri’s basketball program. After their season ended
After their season ended with a typically disappointing 86-74 loss to Ole Miss in the SEC tournament, the Kim Anderson era in Columbia was officially over. And less than a week later, a new era had already begun, as Mizzou athletic director Jim Sterk hired Cuonzo Martin away from Cal.
Martin’s hiring was announced on March 15 — and it may have been the second biggest news of the day for the basketball program. That’s because shortly after the Martin news broke, the University of Washington fired Lorenzo Romar, freeing number one recruit — and Columbia native — Michael Porter, Jr. from his commitment to the Huskies.
Just a few short days later — after he’d obtained a release from his letter of intent — Porter, Jr. took to Twitter to announce his commitment to the Missouri program, accelerating a rebuild that many expected could take years.
Today, the first day of the spring signing period, Porter, Jr.’s commitment to the program became official, as he signed a financial aid agreement with the university:
— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) April 12, 2017
In a press release shortly after the announcement, Missouri’s new head coach had this to say about his new star player:
“Most of all, welcome home to Michael. Mizzou is a special place and Columbia is a community that already knows him well. I’m looking forward to Michael representing Mizzou well, on and off the court and in the classroom, and I’m sure he looks forward to it, as well.”
“I can’t wait to play for him. He wants to put me in the best possible situations to succeed. As a player, you can really tell he is a guy that wants his players to be great, see them do well and make it to the next level.”