You have to give Michael Porter Jr. this much: He’s trying to make up for lost time. He’s only been a Mizzou commit for five days, but while up in Chicago for McDonald’s All American practice, he’s been recruiting as hard as he can.
Even if he hadn’t responded in the affirmative — “Yes sir,” he said — the reluctant grin that poked through would have given him away.
“It’s behind the scenes work,” he elaborated. “Nothing’s a done deal yet. I’m working to try to get some pieces with me.” [...]
“I just tell them, especially these dudes, let’s go do something special,” Porter said. “It can be our team and we can go in there and do something special and go to the” NBA “together whenever we decide to go after one or two years. Plus, I’m close with a lot of these dudes so I think they might like playing with me.”
Top-10 prospect Kevin Knox is maybe the player MPJ is coming at the hardest.
“He’s been in my ear ever since he committed (to Mizzou),” Knox said Tuesday during media day. “Every day, he texts me and makes sure that I stay in touch with him. It’s a possibility. You never know. I’ve got one more official. That could be it or it couldn’t be.”
The thought of these two behemoths on the wing is certainly intriguing.
“Mike said that me and him would be unstoppable on the wings together (at Mizzou,” Knox said. “I'm just listening to see what they have to offer, and possibly make a visit. … Every day, he's been texting me, making sure I stay in touch with him.”
He’s also working on Mohamed Bamba, but those efforts don’t seem to be paying off.
This might be too little, too late — these guys have had their recruiting paths set up for years, and now they’re supposed to consider an eight-win school at the last minute? — but it’s fun to watch. And it’s part for the course with Porter, who isn’t shying away from the spotlight, and who is allowing Mizzou fans to dream a bit again.
This whole thing is zany.
Steph Curry’s protégé who dates a popular actress is the No. 1 player in the land and might bring other top players to Mizzou.
It’s all happening so fast, we need to step back from it for a second – just to comprehend it all.
And to some, who suffered through the past three seasons, it’s incomprehensible.
The “popular actress” in question:
Porter Jr. confirmed that he's dating @madisonpettis. Wouldn't say how they met: "She asked me not to tell that story."— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) March 28, 2017
The fan enthusiasm has certainly gotten back to Porter.
“The feedback I got was crazy,” said Porter, who is the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. “I didn’t know there were that many Mizzou fans, but it’s been awesome. I really feel like I’ve been accepted by the Mizzou family, so I can’t wait to get there.”
The McDonald’s All American Game is tonight at 6pm CT on ESPN.
Other Basketball Links:
- SEC Country talked to both Rock M Nation and Laurence Bowers for a piece on Porter.
- Other McD’s AAs break down Porter’s game.
- MPJ’s commitment has led to a spike in season ticket sales.
- Michael Porter Sr.’s contract is set: three years, $1.125 million, or $375K per year. Nice work if you can get it.
- Cuonzo Martin is hitting St. Louis hard from a recruiting standpoint. “Martin is well aware of Mizzou’s decades-old struggles to attract players from the St. Louis region. There have been exceptions over the last few decades ... but the list of missed targets is far longer.“ This approach makes total sense, obviously, but we’ll see if it pays off. It hasn’t for plenty of other Mizzou Basketball coaches.
- Welp, two is a losing streak. A 6-5 loss to SEMO (Steve Bieser’s former club) dropped Mizzou to 21-4 overall, and for the first time all year, the Tigers have lost more than one game in a row. A late comeback fell short on a safety squeeze. In the grand scheme of things, this loss doesn’t mean much — everybody drops a midweek, Johnny Wholestaff start here and there — but after the 20-1 start, Mizzou has lost three of four. The Tigers could use a confidence boost.
- Mizzou Softball 3B Amanda Sanchez is officially lost for the season with injury. That sucks. Meanwhile, today’s doubleheader with Wichita State has been postponed due to Columbia being a big, wet slog this week.
- Britney Ward: All-American.
- Mizzou Men’s Golf finished eighth at The Hootie at Bulls Bay. Euan Walker led the way with a No. 8 individual finish.