Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. was asked Thursday about his younger brother, Jontay Porter, during his first official media availability since arriving on campus in June.
Jontay is a year younger than Porter Jr., but he’s considering graduating from high school early and enrolling at Mizzou this fall.
Michael Jr. wouldn’t spill the beans about whether the Tigers’ roster will feature two Porters next season.
Jontay committed to MU last spring and helped Mokan Elite, a Kansas City-based select AAU team, reach the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League’s prestigious Peach Jam two weeks ago.
He told CBS Sports that “it’s a safe assumption” he would reclassify and play alongside his brother, but Porter Jr. — the top prospect in the 2017 recruiting class and a presumptive top pick in next summer’s NBA Draft — smiled as he said Jontay should announce his decision soon.
“I think it’s going to be next week,” Porter Jr. said. “I think that’s his timetable, but I don’t even know the decision yet. He and my parents (are the only ones that know).”
Pressed as to if he truly doesn’t know Jontay’s intentions, Michael Jr. beamed, “No, I really don’t know, but he knows and my parents know. … I’m going to try to find out tonight.”
That, of course, means Cuonzo Martin probably knows, considering the Porter boys’ father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach on the Tigers’ staff.
Martin said earlier in the summer (and with a wry smile) that he expects to use Mizzou’s final scholarship.
Currently, the Tigers have one unused scholarship for the 2017-18 season.