Some optimistic Mizzou fans already have the Tigers pegged for a massive improvement in Cuonzo Martin’s first season as basketball coach.
ESPN analyst Jeff Goodman is among pundits who are intrigued with the Tigers’ potential for improvement from last season’s 8-24 record under former coach Kim Anderson.
Michael Porter Jr. is the nation’s most heralded freshman recruit and should boost Missouri’s talent along with Jeremiah Tilmon, Blake Harris and Canisius graduate transfer/shooting guard Kassius Robertson.
And don’t be surprised to see more talent arrive if Jontay Porter, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, reclassifies and follows brother Michael to Columbia.
The arrival of top prospects doesn’t guaranteed on-the-court success, recent basketball history shows. For examples, Ben Simmons of LSU and Markelle Fultz of Washington failed to take their teams to the NCAA Tournament.
But neither of those players had the surrounding cast that Porter will have.
Goodman also picked Georgia among his six teams across the nation.
But given the upside of the Tigers’ turnaround in recruiting success, a breakout season appears likely and could bring Mizzou its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013.