When’s the last time Missouri basketball had a day like this?
It’s been a long time to be sure, and it’s not just because they have a new head coach in Cuonzo Martin. Along with Martin, they are also bringing in Michael Porter, Sr., father of no. 1 recruit Michael Porter, Jr., to serve as an assistant coach on Martin’s staff, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi:
Cuonzo Martin will add Michael Porter Sr as an assistant, per sources. Michael Porter Jr did not sign an NLI.
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) March 15, 2017
If the Tigers are able to get Porter, he could well be the best recruit the program has ever signed, at going back as far as the early 80s to Steve Stipanovich and Jon Sundvold, two program legends. Michael, Jr. has a younger brother, Jontay, who is also a top 50 recruit, and according to Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi is expected to reclassify to the class of 2017 in order to play with his brother:
Keep in mind, very likely Jontay Porter enrolls as a 2017 prospect with his brother Michael. Dos Porters.
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) March 15, 2017
The reason Porter, Sr. and his sons are on the market is because Washington, where Porter, Sr. was an assistant coach, fired head coach Lorenzo Romar on Wednesday afternoon. Porter, Jr. signed a letter of intent with the Huskies last fall, but he will presumably be let out of that and be free to sign with whomever he wants. Since the Porter family is originally from Columbia, and because two Porter sisters play for the Mizzou women’s team, the Tigers are the presumed favorite to land the country’s top recruit.