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Porter officially signs with Mizzou

Michael Porter Jr. of Nathan Hale HS (Seattle) receives the 2016-17 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award Wednesday, March 22, 2017 during a surprise at his Seattle home. (Photo Credit/Gatorade).

COLUMBIA -- Michael Porter Jr. is officially a Missouri Tiger.

The school announced late Wednesday afternoon that Porter has signed a financial aid agreement. The No. 1 recruit in the country will return to Columbia after playing three years at Tolton High School.

"Mizzou is my home," Porter Jr. said in a statement. "I lived in Columbia from fifth grade all the way until my senior year of high school. That place has shown me so much love. And I want to give back to that. I want to get Mizzou Basketball back to the atmosphere I know it can be.”

“It goes without saying, but Michael is a special player and a special person,” Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Michael comes to the Mizzou Family from a great family of his own, and our basketball program is thrilled to have a student-athlete with his character, drive and passion. Lisa and Michael Porter, Sr., raised Michael well. He is continually motivated to give and is always striving to be a great teammate.

“Most of all, welcome home to Michael. Mizzou is a special place and Columbia is a community that already knows him well. I’m looking forward to Michael representing Mizzou well, on and off the court and in the classroom, and I’m sure he looks forward to it, as well.”

Porter Jr. played for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle this season. He led Hale to a 29-0 record and the Class 3A state championship in Washington. Porter was named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year after averaging better than 36 points and 13 rebounds per game for Nathan Hale.

Porter Jr. was named the MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game on March 29 after scoring 17 points.

His father, Michael Porter Sr., accepted a job on Mizzou's coaching staff last month.

"Mizzou fans and people in Columbia know me," Porter Jr. said. "I'll be around town. I'm a friendly guy. On the court, I'm not as much of a friendly guy. You've got to dial it in, then. But just me? I’m fun.”

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