Rejoice, Missouri fans, it appears there will be two Porters on the men’s basketball roster next season.
Technically three, if you count Tigers assistant coach Michael Porter Sr.
Jontay Porter told CBS Sports columnist Garry Parrish that it’s “a safe assumption” he would graduate early from high school and enroll at Mizzou for the fall semester Thursday at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
Porter, a 6-foot-10 power forward who is the younger brother of Tigers freshman and consensus top 2017 prospect Michael Porter Jr., became one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2018 recruiting class during the last few months.
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With a strong showing on this summer’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit, Porter climbed to No. 6 in 247 Sports’ national rankings, locking down the No. 3 spot among power forwards.
Porter, who is 6-10 and 225 pounds, rocketed his way to No. 10 overall, according to ESPN.
Both outlets list him as a five-star talent.
Porter, who committed to Mizzou in late May, also was bumped to a five-star ranking — No. 11 overall nationally — by Rivals in recent months.
Scout still has Porter listed as a four-star prospect and ranked No. 33 overall.
It wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret that Porter wanted to play with his brother in college and next season might be his only chance as Michael is widely projected as the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Jontay Porter put off announcing his decision until after the AAU team Mokan Elite wrapped up its season at the Peach Jam.
Porter helped power the Kansas City-based AAU select squad, which won the 2016 Peach Jam title, back to the prestigious tourney with a second-place finish in the EYBL’s Division D.
He averaged team-highs in points (18.1), rebounds (12.6), blocks (2.6) and steals (1.1), while also shooting 43.2 percent from three-point range.
Only Marvin Bagley III, a 2018 five-star recruit from Sierra Canyon High in Phoenix, averaged more rebounds during the EYBL regular season than Jontay Porter.
The Porter brothers are part of a six-player recruiting class — arguably the best in Missouri history — that also includes guards Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts, center Jeremiah Tilmon and graduate transfer Kassius Robertson from Canisius.