While we’re still waiting for the Jeremiah Tilmon-Kevin Knox-Mark Smith dominoes to fall, there’s obviously another big name on the board as well: Michael Porter Jr.’s brother Jontay will begin his Missouri official visit next Monday.
Official visit to Mizzou next Monday!— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) April 17, 2017
Whether or not Porter ultimately decides to go through with the reclassification process, Missouri would be the clear front-runner to land him. Having the opportunity to play at the collegiate level for one year with his brother, a destined lottery pick in the NBA Draft, certainly holds some value. However, it's just as possible Jontay Porter takes a step back, holds off on reclassification and tries to create his own path. Reclassification would likely place him in the shadow of his brother for one more season.
It’s really easy to get overshadowed when your brother is the best basketball prospect in the land, but Jontay is a standout in his own right.
Any new information on whether Jontay will reclassify, by the way? Nope!
FYI, Jontay Porter’s official visit is not necessarily a sign he’ll reclassify. Can take OVs beginning 2nd semester junior year— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) April 17, 2017
Jontay Porter on reclassification: "Anything's an option at this point."— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) April 17, 2017
I would miss the Pacific Northwest, too, by the way.
The Missourian also looks at Cuonzo Martin’s roster rebuild. He’s not completely starting from scratch.
Some other recruiting notes from the Twitter machine:
Mizzou is not pursuing Cal transfer Charlie Moore.
The competition for Mark Smith is getting that much stiffer.
Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony talked a bit about MPJ:
Good conversation with Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) this morning on MPJ. Said developing a leadership role will be key at MU this year.— Danny Jones (@daniel_m_jones) April 17, 2017
.@DraftExpress Givony: MU needs a guy to hold team accountable on both ends. "It’ll be interesting to see if his personality can evolve in that direction."— Danny Jones (@daniel_m_jones) April 17, 2017
Rivals’ Eric Bossi also talked briefly about pro scouts’ thoughts on the top 2017 prospects.
Oh yeah, and...
- Kaleb Prewett’s name was on a lot of lips after Saturday’s Black & Gold game. The KC Star wrote a nice piece about the Blue Springs product, and The Trib’s Blake Toppmeyer included him in his Monday Musings.
- What happens when you hit home runs in consecutive at bats? If you’re Trey Harris, you win national player of the week honors.
Mizzou's Trey Harris in SEC rankings: Slugging .603 (3rd), RBI 40 (4th), HR 11 (3rd), walks 29 (3rd)— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 17, 2017
- Mizzou Baseball hosts Missouri State tonight at 6:30 pm CT. Missouri State brings its normal chip on the shoulder, while Mizzou brings a little bit of desperation — the Tigers are still just 53rd in RPI despite their 26-11 record.
- PowerMizzou spoke briefly with Mizzou AD Jim Sterk. "I feel like the cloud is lifting...It's a new day."
- Mizzou Softball begins a run of six games in six days today at 3 pm CT with a doubleheader against SEMO. The Tigers will play Nebraska-Omaha tomorrow, then host No. 21 Kentucky for three games starting Friday. The Tigers are 24-18 with an RPI ranking of 28th.
- Nuptials are impending for one Mr. Jeremy Maclin.
Asked what he's been up to, Jeremy Maclin first says ... wedding planning. Getting married next month. Also: mentoring young receivers pic.twitter.com/5Cb6TW6MIo— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) April 17, 2017
- If Eddie’s involved, I’m soooooooo here for this. (And if he’s not, hell no.)