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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Missouri vs Florida State Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Welp, it’s that time of year: time to flip the calendar. Metaphorically.

Mizzou is set to return three regular starters in junior forward Kevin Puryear, junior point guard Jordan Geist and freshman center Jeremiah Tilmon, plus sophomore center Reed Nikko and redshirt freshman forward Mitchell Smith, who sat out this season while recovering from knee surgery. Junior guard Cullen VanLeer will undergo knee surgery in the coming weeks and is expected to need around nine months to recover.

The Tigers are bringing in a whole lot of wings and whatnot.

Joining the returning players will be, at least, four players signed in the 2018 recruiting class. Highlighting that class is Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year Torrence Watson. The 6-foot-5 guard is ranked No. 84 nationally by ESPN and averaged 31.9 points per game in his senior season at Whitfield. Here is a story I did on the incoming freshman earlier this season.

With Watson, Missouri signed Javon Pickett and K.J. Santos, both junior college transfers. Xavier Pinson, a point guard from Chicago’s powerhouse Simeon Career Academy, has verbally committed.

Missouri has also offered Webster Groves standout Courtney Ramey, who remains the highest ranked unsigned point guard in the 2018 class.

Indeed, there’s gonna be a good amount of talent.

“Whoever returns, we’re going to be glad who we have,” Puryear said. “We have a lot of talent. Still a bright future for Missouri basketball.”

Now there’s that whole “waiting to find out what Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter will do” thing to wait on. This is probably going to take a little while.

Porter Jr. said he had not made a decision yet about whether to declare for the NBA Draft, and he does not intend to do so for “a little while.” But if his MU career is over, he said he hopes fans remember it as a “good” one in which he gave his best effort.

“I would hope that they would see that, but I didn’t play to probably their expectations,” he said.

“Or my expectations,” Porter Jr. added.

Yep, a little while.

Jontay Porter has been climbing up draft boards this season, especially as his play has improved late. Sitting a few feet from his brother, after the game, the co-SEC sixth man of the year said he hasn’t even thought about leaving early.

“I just heard different people telling me about mock drafts and whatnot. I have a lot of things to weigh in,” said the younger Porter brother. “I took as long as I could for the reclassify decision, so I’d imagine it will be a long process before I decided.”

Honesty is good, right?


This Weekend at Rock M

This weekend stunk. But the writing was good hopefully.


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