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...
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Missouri pic.twitter.com/aVPajkWZKn— Jcole.4 (@JericoleHellems) July 15, 2017
...but so is everyone else, too.
- Watch Lists Are Stupid, Except When They Include Mizzou Players: Corey Fatony is on the Ray Guy Award watch list. You’re damn right he is.
- Four-star Missouri City (Tex.) linebacker Chad Bailey is one of the bigger names likely on the Night at the Zou attendees list, and Mizzou appears to be in pretty good shape with him.
- Blue Springs’ Daniel Parker Jr., a member of the Tiger 10 who seemed to have drifted apart from Mizzou in recent weeks — it appears there’s long been a bit of a disagreement over which position is best for him — nonetheless included Mizzou on his top 6 list last night. It would be a pretty big surprise if he picked the Tigers at this point, but I guess that means there’s a non-zero chance.
Top 6‼️ ♂️— Daniel Parker Jr (@LuhhDaniel) July 16, 2017
- Need your weekly rewind of Mizzou Football Recruiting comings and goings? PowerMizzou’s got you covered.
- Mizzou Volleyball’s 2017 schedule is complete. Your defending SEC champions will begin their season on August 25 at a tournament in Austin Peay, and the Tigers will play seven teams that went to the NCAA tournament last year.
- Jerrell Jackson and Michael Egnew started a gym!
- Not Mizzou-related, but Missouri-related: A Marshall native who grew up in an Amish community is now, naturally, a rising MMA fighter.