He's unsure when he will decide on reclassifying and said that he's trying to reach a decision as soon as possible.
"Me and my family talked about it," he said. "I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do but it's not always about what I want to do."
Porter said the biggest hurdle with his decision to reclassify is that if he were to wait until after the Peach Jam to decide on it, he would miss summer classes and workouts at Missouri. He's already finished up work on the high school end and waiting another month would mean he wouldn't be able to take classes on campus while he finished out the grassroots season.
Honestly, it would be pretty shocking if he didn’t reclassify as a 2017 recruit at this point. His quotes are pretty openly revealing.
“I told the coaching staff with Mizzou that I was ready and they suggested doing it today based on keeping hype level up for Mizzou fans ,” Jontay Porter said. “ … They’re already excited with all these other commitments. After (East St. Louis center) Jeremiah (Tilmon) committed last week, I just thought this was a perfect time heading into summer to get everyone hyped for November.”
Yep, just a wee bit revealing..
Porter is excited about the talent Martin has assembled since taking the job in March.
"It's ginormous, the talent pool that's coming in," Porter said. "I think everyone besides Michael is underrated."
Porter has not decided whether or not he will reclassify, but he believes his decision will come soon, and he said that the end of the summer would be the "latest possible date."
"I'll reclassify when my coaches tell me to," the new commit said. "It could be today."
The goal is obviously to maximize what he gets out of AAU ball and summer high school hoops without minimizing what he gets out of being in Columbia for the summer. Regardless, this is likely headed somewhere pretty exciting.
If Porter reclassifies, the Porters could be the first pair of brothers to play for Missouri since Matt and Phil Pressey in 2011-12. Their father, Michael Porter Sr., was hired as an assistant coach on March 23.
“It’s a huge blessing being able to play with my dad and to potentially play with Mike,” Porter said. “Being around family is a dream come true. You couldn’t write this any better. All of us are pumped.”
Stay tuned..— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) May 23, 2017
- It’s time. Tanner Houck takes the mound against Texas A&M in the first round of the SEC Tournament today at 1 pm in Hoover. Win, and Mizzou is in the double-elimination portion of the tournament, looking for another win or (preferably) two to bolster the NCAA résumé. Lose, and the season is likely over. Oh, and it could be Houck’s final start as a Tiger. No pressure.
- Mizzou pitchers torched Tennessee last week. Cole Bartlett won both SEC pitcher of the week and national player of the week honors for his one-hit shutout of the Vols on Friday night. We’ve talked a ton about Houck and TJ Sikkema, but Bartlett finished the regular season with a 2.78 ERA, eighth in the league.
- Oh, and speaking of Sikkema, he won SEC all-freshman honors yesterday. Lord, I would hope so. He was fifth in the SEC with a 2.28 ERA and eight wins and led the SEC in whip at 0.80. As a damn freshman. Sikkema and Bartlett are lined up to start after Houck if Mizzou can win today. Steve Bieser: “Everybody feels confident about the situation we’re in right now. We’ve got the pitching set up exactly the way we’d like to make a really deep run in the tournament.”
- Mizzou Football introduced a couple of new ticket donation programs yesterday: “Seats for Soldiers” and the “Mizzou Youth Experience.” The school also announced that it wouldn’t be moving the student section, as mentioned by Barry Odom a while back, until 2019. Nick Joos: “We decided our best option, knowing that in 2019 — or whenever the south end zone project is finished — that there are going be other seating changes, was to wait and make all the changes at one time.”
- So we’ve talked about the spending and job cuts coming to Mizzou, and I think I’ve passively made my feelings pretty clear about the role both the Missouri legislature and Mizzou higher-ups have played in the current struggles. You can probably figure out what I think about this letter from Connor Lewis, former co-chair of the Coalition of Graduate Workers, then. R. Bowen Loftin: the University of Missouri’s Charlie Weis.