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It looks like Mizzou is pursuing Illinois transfer Mark Smith after all

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Sam will have more on this soon enough, but if we’re trying to read tea leaves regarding whether either or both Porter brothers will be staying in Columbia next year, two offers have to be considered pretty telling.

Offer No. 1, as mentioned last week in links: four-star reclassified-to-2018 prospect Blake Hinson.

Offer No. 2, shared over the weekend: Illinois transfer Mark Smith.

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Cuonzo Martin went pretty hard after Smith, a four-star Edwardsville (Ill.) product, before he signed with Illinois last year, and now, despite the fact that Smith will have to sit out a season, he’s apparently going after Smith again.

Whatever you thought the odds of Michael Porter Jr. returning were — and they probably shouldn’t have been higher than about 4% or so — go ahead and cut them in half. These two new offers all but confirm that he’s gone, and you can probably use this to increase whatever odds you had on Jontay Porter leaving, too.

Offering scholarships to two guys doesn’t straight-up confirm anything, but again, we’re reading tea leaves here, and this is certainly telling us which way to lean a little bit harder. If Jontay’s likely to come back, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to use your (potentially) final scholarship on a guy who’s going to be sitting out the season. Or at least, that’s how it works in my head.


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