The great news for Missouri basketball keeps coming.
On Monday night, Jontay Porter announced his commitment to the Tigers in a tweet. He is a 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward who follows his older brother Michael Porter Jr. to Mizzou’s program. Jontay is a 4-star prospect and the No. 27 player overall for the Class of 2018, as rated by 247Sports’ national composite.
The Tigers have enjoyed significant momentum since Cuonzo Martin became coach in the offseason. Last week, 4-star center Jeremiah Tilmon chose Missouri over Illinois.
After much thought and prayer I have decided to commit to the University of Missouri!🐯 pic.twitter.com/dO1LKYR3iX
— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) May 23, 2017
It remains to be seen when the younger Porter will join the Tigers’ program. There has been talk of Jontay reclassifying to play for Missouri during the 2017-18 season.
As relayed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, Jontay isn’t expected to announce his decision on reclassification until later this summer.
Jontay Porter has said recently he won't announce if he'll reclassify until after Nike Peach Jam in July. That way he can keep playing AAU
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) May 23, 2017
Clearly, Jontay’s addition is another significant gain for Missouri. The commitment of Michael, one of the nation’s top prospects, was considered one of the Tigers’ largest recruiting victories in recent memory.
The change in narrative is welcomed for Mizzou fans. Missouri’s program is coming off a string of forgettable seasons. The Tigers went 8-24 during the 2016-17 campaign, which was Kim Anderson’s final one with Mizzou. Missouri hasn’t appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2013.
It remains to be seen if Martin will make the most of the talent he has stockpiled in a short time. But on paper, Missouri looks formidable heading into next season and beyond. Another Porter’s addition is a huge win for Missouri.