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Michael Porter Jr., the nation’s top basketball prospect, commits to Missouri

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To follow recruiting, you have to be ready for twists and turns. Even if there’s a happy ending to the story, it might take a while to get there.

Missouri has had some impressive, twisty-turny recruiting stories through the years, but this one might top them all. Today, after years of being the Mizzou savior on the horizon, after months of being committed to Washington, and after days of speculation, Michael Porter Jr. committed to the University of Missouri.

In his lone year in Seattle, he showed up on one of the worst teams in the area and helped to turn it into an undefeated state champion, averaging 36 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and two and a half blocks per game. This after leading Columbia Tolton to the state title as a junior, averaging 28.8 points per game along the way.

On March 15, Mizzou hired Cuonzo Martin on the same day that Washington fired Lorenzo Romar. That appeared to set the Porter-to-Mizzou ball back in motion after a dormant few months. And today, Porter is a Tiger. Finally. Welcome home, Michael. We’re excited to watch you play as a Missouri Tiger.

We’ll have more on the roster implications in the coming days, but for now celebrate the single biggest recruit in Missouri History committing to play basketball at Mizzou today. Unreal.