Missouri just officially announced its next head coach in Cuonzo Martin, and that might be the second most important news of the day for the Tigers.
That’s because the University of Washington just parted ways longtime head coach Lorenzo Romar, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Washington has parted ways with Lorenzo Romar, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 15, 2017
So why should Missouri fans care about what’s happening in Seattle? Well, it turns out Romar is good friends with a man named Michael Porter, who has spent the last year as an assistant coach on his staff. Porter, not coincidentally, is the father of the no. 1 recruit in the country: Michael Porter, Jr.
With Romar’s departure, Porter, Jr. will presumably be let out of the letter of intent he signed last fall. And his landing spot could well be Columbia, Mo. That’s because, until last year, the Porters had called Columbia home, as Porter, Sr. was an assistant with the Missouri’s women’s program, on which two of his daughters play. But because of the connection the family had with Romar, they moved to Seattle last year so Porter, Sr. could join his staff.
Now, with Romar out of a job, there is much speculation about a homecoming for the top recruit in the nation. Here is an example from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter:
This gives Michael Porter Jr. chance to open his recruitment. Expect Missouri to be an option. https://t.co/kOynzI4XO9
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 15, 2017
Nothing is official yet, of course, but this would be a tremendous boon for the Missouri program if they were not only to bring in a new head coach, but to get the country’s best player as well.
Update: Porter, Jr. isn’t the only top recruit in the family. His younger brother, a top 50 recruit, tweeted this out shortly after the Romar news broke:
What could've been…
— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) March 15, 2017