Mizzou Basketball: Top Recruit Michael Porter Could Join Tigers

Mokan Elite player Michael Porter Jr. (1) - Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Mokan Elite player Michael Porter Jr. (1) - Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports /

The NCAA Tournament is underway and Mizzou basketball is not apart of it. They did, however, hire a new head coach and could potentially be welcoming in the top recruit in the country to their squad.

Wednesday was a whacky day for Mizzou basketball fans.

For one, it was announced that the university had offered Cuonzo Martin the head coaching job at Missouri. Martin then later resigned from his position at California and it seemed that the two would be joining forces shortly.

That wasn’t even the craziest part though.

Shortly after the Martin news had broke, word started to spread about top recruit Michael Porter Jr. and where he might end up going.

You see, Porter was going to play for Washington, as his father had signed on as an assistant coach there and Porter wanted to follow his dad. Well, when Lorenzo Romar (Washington’s head coach) was fired on Wednesday, Porter playing for the Huskies became an afterthought.

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“Porter Watch” was on, as Missouri Twitter went nuts thinking about this kid potentially joining their ranks and helping them try to turn the page from an ugly chapter.

Tod Palmer of The Kansas City Star wrote,

"Porter Jr. — a McDonald’s All-American and the nation’s top recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN and Rivals — committed to the Huskies a few months later.He’s ranked No. 2 nationally by 27 Sports and No. 5 by Scout and, barring injury, is considered an NBA Draft lottery lock in 2018 as a one-and-done college player.With the coaching change, Porter Jr. can request a release from his national letter of intent and would be free to sign anywhere in the country."

Michael Porter Sr. was asked to join Cuonzo Martin at his new position in Columbia, which very well could mean that Porter Jr. is en route to don black and gold for his college ball games.

MU fans are likely having people pinch them because these types of things don’t tend to happen for the Tigers. Mizzou doesn’t get the top recruits in the country and they don’t get positive buzz around them, at least not recently.

If Michael Porter does decide to follow his dad to Columbia, then Mizzou basketball will be a more improved team by a mile. Of course, just winning another game or two would make them better than the last three years, but this would be something else.

Would MU be better than Kentucky? No, of course not. They could, however, be better than teams like Arkansas, Florida, and South Carolina, all of whom were the “next best” in the SEC this past season. In other words, Missouri could make the tournament if all of this comes to fruition.

What do you think, Tigers fans? Will Michael Porter Jr. join his father in Columbia or is this too good to be true?