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Tolton Catholic’s Porter brothers make April Fools’ joke about transferring

Father Tolton Catholic’s Michael Porter Jr. celebrated after sinking a basket and drawing a foul during the first half of the Missouri Class 3 boys high school championship basketball game against Barstow last month.
Father Tolton Catholic’s Michael Porter Jr. celebrated after sinking a basket and drawing a foul during the first half of the Missouri Class 3 boys high school championship basketball game against Barstow last month. AP

The Porter brothers from Columbia got into the April Fools’ Day spirit Friday with a Twitter-based prank about transferring to a new high school.

Jontay Porter, who was a sophomore last season at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, and Michael Porter Jr., who was a junior on the Trailblazers’ Missouri Class 3 championship squad, aren’t going anywhere.

Still, it created a minor kerfuffle when Jontay posted a screen capture to his Twitter profile the early-morning hours Friday that read: “After much prayer and consideration from me, my brother, and family, we have decided that it’s in our best interest, both academically and athletically, that me and Michael transfer high schools to finish out the remainder of our careers. We will not be returning to Tolton Catholic High School next year. Thank you to everyone making this possible! The future is bright!”

Michael — a consensus top-five prospect in the 2017 recruiting, according to the four main recruiting services — quickly retweeted the post.

Several hours later, after allowing a few folks on social media to ruminate about possible destinations for two of the nation’s brightest prep basketball stars, Jontay relented.

“Gotcha,” he posted in reply to his original post, which had been retweeted nearly 50 times and favorite nearly 150 by the early afternoon on April Fool’s Day.

Jontay — a 6-foot-8 Rivals four-star 2018 prospect who committed to Washington, where the boys’ godfather Lorenzo Romar coaches, in August — is ranked as the No. 14 power forward and No. 35 overall prospect in his recruiting class by 247 Sports.

Michael, who scored 31 points with 19 rebounds March 12 in a 62-60 win against Barstow in the Class 3 title game, is a consensus five-star recruit. He’s ranked No. 2 in the 2017 class by Rivals, No. 3 by ESPN, No. 4 by 247 Sports and No. 5 by Scout.

The day after Jontay committed to Washington, Michael cut his list to 10 teams last summer. The list includes the Huskies along with Mizzou and Kansas as well as Duke, Stanford, Kentucky, UCLA, Syracuse, Indiana and Virginia.

Oklahoma is also a possibility as Porter said he would like to play alongside Trae Young, a prep star at Norman (Okla.) North High.

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