That tricky, tricky Porter family. The royal family of caustic social media posts evidently even knows how to get the rumor mill believing something that evidently isn’t real without social media.
While the tea leaves had begun to suggest that Jontay Porter was leaning toward keeping his name in the NBA draft and going pro after his freshman season, the opposite was, in fact, true. He knew he was coming back well before the decision deadline.
Jontay Porter has known for weeks that he was going to come back to #Mizzou, and he’s confident he would have been a first-round pick. He explains why he chose to return, and his coach explains why the Tigers will be better for it. https://t.co/MLlJuKvq0I— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) June 7, 2018
Speaking to members of the media for the first time since making that announcement, Porter said his mind was made up well before that day. In fact, it came before the NBA Draft Combine on May 16.
“I just woke up one day and was like, ‘I’m going back,’” Porter said. “I can’t remember what day that was, but I know it was before the combine.”
Porter met with media earlier this week and revealed that little tidbit. Here are some more:
“When I do make the NBA I want to be a factor right away,” he said. “Not that I’m going to be an All-Star or anything like that. And the G-League isn’t necessarily a bad thing or anything like that, but I realize I do have development to do before I’m ready to make the impact I envision on an NBA team. Coming back getting better, stronger, more mentally tough, getting ready to take that step and be a man in the NBA, I think coming back one more year is necessary.”
“I’m comfortable from half-court,” he said, laughing, more seriously adding, “Now a normal college three feels like mid-range. That doesn’t mean … I’m going to be Steph Curry this year or anything, but more comfortable.”
“Coach Martin, when you think about it, he’s a pretty simple guy to play for,” Puryear said. “As long as you have a good attitude, as long as you play as hard as you can possibly play, he has no problem with you at all. In that aspect, he’s a pretty easy coach to play for. The thing is, not everybody can do those things.”
I’m happy that Jontay reached a decision he was comfortable with, and I’m happy for Martin that he gets to coach Porter for another year. Mostly, though, I’m happy for us — we get to watch him in a Mizzou uniform for another year. Didn’t look like that was going to be the case for a little while there.
Yesterday at Rock M
- She didn’t win. :( In Karissa Schweizer’s second-to-last race as a Tiger, she finished third in the 10K. It was her ninth All-American finish, but anytime she doesn’t actually win is a bit of a surprise. Her last race will be the 5K on Saturday.
- New Mizzou Softball coach Larissa Anderson met with local media for the first time yesterday. Some highlights: “I’m recruiting 25 people at one time.” “I had no reason to leave [Hofstra], but when your dream lines up with your opportunity, you know when it’s time and you know when it’s right.”