Jontay Porter relcassifies, will play for Mizzou this season
The Jontay Porter wait is finally over.
Porter announced Wednesday night that he'll reclassify and join the Mizzou basketball team for the 2017-2018 season.
“Mizzou is home, so first of all, I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity to attend the University of Missouri,” Porter said in a statement. “Coach Martin and his staff are awesome, and they are definitely one of the things I look forward to most about playing for Mizzou. Moving up to college will be an easy transition for me, especially with my family here in Columbia. Mizzou Basketball will be something really special, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Porter, rated the 11th best player in the Class of 2018 by ESPN, committed to Missouri in May. The decision to reclassify means he'll play alongside his older brother, Michael Porter Jr., this season.
The Porters led Tolton to the Missouri Class 3 state title in 2016. The duo left Columbia after Michael Porter Sr. accepted a job on Lorenzo Romar's staff at Washington. They helped Seattle's Nathan Hale HS win a state title in Washington this year.
Michael Jr. and Jontay originally committed to Washington, but both de-committed after Romar's firing. Michael Sr. later accepted a job on Cuonzo Martin's staff at Missouri.
“We’re very excited about Jontay’s decision, which was a big one for him and his family,” Martin said in a statement. “Jontay is certainly a talented basketball player, but his outstanding work in the classroom should not be overlooked. The ability to reclassify requires a serious commitment to your academics. Jontay is a young man who takes pride in being a great teammate and communicator. He has the skill and knowledge of the game to contribute from day one, at both ends of the floor. This is a homecoming for Jontay, who is already extremely familiar with Columbia, and we’re thrilled to have him in the Mizzou Basketball Family.”
Porter's addition will likely boost the rating of Mizzou's 2017 recruiting class, currently ranked as high as 7th in the country.