Michael Porter Jr. makes it official and commits to Missouri

Once Cuonzo Martin took the job at Missouri and lured Michael Porter Sr. away from Washington, the writing for Porter's son was on the wall.

Once Cuonzo Martin took the job at Missouri and lured Michael Porter Sr. away from Washington, the writing for Porter's son was on the wall.

Michael Porter Jr. tweeted Friday that he will follow his father to Missouri.


Porter and younger brother Jontay ledFather Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo., to a MissouriClass 3 state championship last year. The two ledNathan Hale High School in Seattle to a Washington Class 3 state title this year and Michael Jr. was namedthe Gatorade Player of the Year and the Naismith Prep Player of the Year after averaging 36.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.

The 6-10 forward was granted a release from his commitment to the University of Washington after his father left the school last week to join Martin's staff at Mizzou in a hire that was made official on Thursday. Washington fired head coach Lorenzo Romar on March 15.

"Last week changed everything for me regarding my college basketball decision," Michael Jr. said in a statement. "Realizing I would no longerhave the opportunity to play for Coach Romar, I've taken the past seven days to give great consideration to my future.

"After a lot of thought, prayer, and talking with my family, I’m excited to announce that next year I will be attending the University of Missouri! I am looking forward to the year ahead with Coach Cuonz and my new teammates. Together we hope to store the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena.

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"MIZZOU NATION I’M COMING HOME!!!"

Porter is a huge get for Martin, an East St. Louis native who resigned as the coach at California to take over at Missouri. Martin replaced Kim Anderson, who went 27-68 in three seasons at Mizzou. This is the fourth head-coaching job for Martin, who had three-year stints at Missouri State, Tennessee and Cal with a record of 186-121 and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

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