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Jontay Porter Leaning Towards Reclassifying, Playing With Brother Michael

Where Nathan Hale (WA) 2018 five-star forward Jontay Porter will play college basketball is pretty much a forgone conclusion. The only question that remains is if it will be as part of the 2017 or 2018 class.

Porter — who is running with Mokan Elite for the first session of the Nike EYBL — told USA Today’s Jason Jordan he is “leaning towards” reclassing, allowing him to play with brother Michael Porter Jr.

The removal of Lorenzo Romar from the head coaching position at Washington created a small wave in the recruitment of the Porter brothers. The question wasn’t if they would leave Washington, but where they would transfer to for the coming season.

Michael Porter Sr found a home with new Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin. Porter Jr. quickly followed, committing to the Tigers and immediately creating a buzz.

Jontay Porter said the chances of following his brother to Missouri as part of the 2017 class is in the majority.

“I’d say I’m at about 55 percent with my decision to go ahead to Missouri now,” Jontay told Jordan. “If I reclass the only reason would be to play with Mike so I’d definitely be going to Mizzou if I did that.”

“I’m taking a visit there Monday and I’ll make a decision after that,” Porter continued. “This weekend I’m just focusing on taking that next step mentally.”

Through the first three games of the EYBL season, Porter is averaging 19.7 points on 71% from the field, 12.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 blocks in 28.3 minutes per outing. Mokan is 3-0 during that period.

Porter would strengthen a front line that returns Missouri’s top two scorers from the 2016-17 season, Jordan Barnett and Kevin Puryear. Most experts believe former Illinois commit Jeremiah Tilmon will eventually join the Tigers in the 2017 class.

A commitment from Tilmon and Porter moving to 2017 would give Missouri one of the better front lines in the SEC. The Tigers are also in the running for undeclared five-star Kevin Knox who hosted Cuonzo Martin for an in-home last week.

Kevin Knox and Jeremiah Tilmon to Missouri would push the Tigers to the current second overall spot. Add Jontay Porter and we could see a new recruiting King on top.

 

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