No. 1 2017 high school prospect Michael Porter Jr. has committed to Missouri after being granted his release from Washington. New Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin hired Porter’s father as an assistant.
Once Michael Porter Jr.’s father accepted an assistant coaching position with Missouri, it was only a matter of time before Porter officially decided to join the Tigers.
Porter announced Friday on Twitter that he will join his father at Missouri next season. Porter is the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
“After a lot of thought, prayer, and talking with my family, I’m excited to announced that next year I will be attending the University of Missouri!,” Porter wrote. “I’m looking forward to the year ahead with Coach Cuonzo and my new teammates. Together we hope to restore the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena.”
Porter originally committed to Washington, where Porter’s father was an assistant. But he asked for his release from his National Letter of Intent after head coach Lorenzo Romar was fired and his father was not retained.
Porter Sr. took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce he’d accepted Martin’s offer to be an assistant at Missouri.
Porter played for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle while his father was coaching at Washington and averaged 36.2 points his senior season. His brother, Jontay, is a top prospect in the 2018 class and could join Porter at Missouri. There’s also been speculation that Jontay could reclassify for the 2017 class and play in college next season.