Just hours after top-ranked prospectMichael Porter Jr. was granted his basketball letter-of-intent release by Washington, his father was on the move, too.
Mizzou confirmed late Thursday to the St. Louis Post-Dispatchthat Michael Porter Sr. will join new Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin's staff“pending the successful completion of the University’s hiring process.”
It's a homecoming of sorts for MichaelSr., who was an assistant on Mizzou's women's team before joining recently fired Washington coach Lorenzo Romar's staff for the 2016-17 season.
Of course, speculation already has begun about whether Michael Jr., who until this season starred at a Columbia, Mo., high school, will enjoy a homecoming, as well, along with his younger brother, Jontay, a top recruit in the class of 2018.
“To be able to go back (to Columbia), I know those Mizzou fans are hungry — and I’ve been shown a lot of love from Mizzou fans,” Porter Jr. said Wednesday on aconference call with reporters, after he'd requested his release but before it was granted. “It could be something real, real special just to come home and do my thing there.”
How strong of a 1-2 recruiting punch would the Porters give Martin and a downtrodden Tigers program that won only 27 games in predecessor Kim Anderson's three seasons?
In 2016, Michael Jr. and Jontay led Father Tolton Catholic High School to a Missouristate title.This year, they led Seattle's Nathan Hale High School — ranked No. 1 nationally — to a Washington state championship and, in the process, Michael Jr., the Gatorade Player of the Year and the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, averaged 36.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.