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Mitchell Smith is a wing, Jontay Porter’s a lottery pick, and Torrence Watson is No. 0

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Summer basketball media availability = summer basketball articles!

Cuonzo Martin has faith in Jordan Geist.

While the highly touted freshman class revived the fan base, Martin’s coaches quietly raved about Geist’s work behind the scenes. The junior earned Martin’s trust as his point guard — and that hasn’t changed a year later.

“He’s a guy who can get us six assists in a game,” Martin said recently.

This summer, as Geist returns as MU’s most experienced guard — fellow senior Cullen VanLeer is recovering from major knee surgery — Martin has challenged him to become a conductor on the floor, a sound playmaker who can channel all the fury that fuels his defense into more focus and precision on the offensive end.

Mitchell Smith has transformed in like 17 different ways.

He put on 20 pounds of muscle and now weighs 220. He can do 10 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.

Smith was recruited as a traditional center, but when he returned to practice, Martin wanted to try him out on the wing and defend guards, something Smith never did in high school.

“I embraced it,” Smith said. “As a big guy you watch guards in the NBA and you think that stuff’s cool. So getting to be put out there and guard guys like that, and switch around on offense, you enjoy that.”

Oh yeah, and the end of the 2018 NBA draft means ... 2019 NBA draft projections!!

11. Jontay Porter | Missouri | So | F

Porter reclassified, entered Missouri a year earlier than expected and averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game as a freshman. The 6-11 forward took 3.3 3-pointers per contest and made 36.4 percent of them.

It really would be a trip if Jontay ends up going higher than his brother did.

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  • Another Mizzou Softball player has decided to finish her career elsewhere rather than risk being part of a rebuild. This time, it’s probably my favorite player on the team: Amanda Sanchez. (That might be ensuring that a rebuild is on the way.)