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Missouri offers rising Chaminade star Jericole Hellems ... as does everybody else in the universe

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

What could be the final edition of Porter Watch is on — Jontay Porter said he would make his official reclassification decision after the Peach Jam is over, and, well, the Peach Jam is over. He spoke briefly with PowerMizzou and others last week but didn’t reveal much. We all assume we know how this ends up; we’re just waiting on the “when” of the matter.

In the meantime, a couple of other things to chew on.

1. Never mind the Flutie effect — will the Porter effect help turn around enrollment?

Sports have far more impact on applications than they probably should, but we saw its positive effects during Missouri’s great football runs in 2007 and 2013, and the Post-Dispatch’s Ben Hochman makes the case for the basketball team maybe having a similar effect this winter. Well, he hedges before going too far down that road (and as a professional hedger, I know a hedge when I see it), but he plants the seed, anyway.

2. Nobody got more out of the Peach Jam than Jericole Hellems.

The three-star forward from Chaminade went from averaging about nine points per game in the April-May prelims to averaging 28 per game under the big lights. And he scored just a few major offers because of it.

More of a complementary piece on both the high school and travel circuit scenes up until now, the rising senior eclipsed 20 points three separate times at the Peach Jam. With a more developed skillset, he's been able to pull in offers this week from Wake Forest, Wichita State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Kansas State.

He had a nice junior season at Chaminade, scoring 21.6 points per game and shooting 45% from 3-point range, but you’ll rarely see someone’s stock rise in a week like Hellems’ just did. Mizzou is definitely in on him...

...but so is everyone else, too.


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