Mizzou Basketball: Jontay Porter taking his talents to Columbia

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Mizzou basketball received good news on Wednesday night when Jontay Porter announced he’d be reclassifying and joining the program for the upcoming season! The future looks bright for MU, as fans now eagerly await the season.

What a difference a few months can make, huh? In early March, Mizzou basketball head coach Kim Anderson had been released from his position after once again leading the Tigers to a disappointing season.

Just a few weeks later, Cuonzo Martin was named as the new head coach of Missouri basketball. Martin left his position at California to come and coach closer to his home. One of the first big moves that happened under Martin’s watch was hiring Michael Porter Sr., which in turn led to Porter’s son, Michael Porter Jr., joining the Tigers for the 2017-2018 season.

Now it appears that the Porter family has another member joining the Mizzou family. Jontay Porter, younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., is also going to be heading to Columbia for a family affair.

Jontay tweeted the news out on Wednesday night, much to the delight of MU fans.

Good for Missouri! They’ve had to endure a lot of pain and suffering when it comes to their basketball program, so it’s nice to see something positive happen for the program this offseason.

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Mizzou has the ability to compete this season, as the SEC isn’t all that great at basketball (aside from Kentucky, of course). The Tigers are going to be underrated heading into the year, but that’s probably for the best.

Jontay Porter cited that playing with his brother was one of the main reasons he chose to play for Missouri this year. Here’s that quote per Jeff Goodman of ESPN,

"“This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it,” Jontay Porter told ESPN on Wednesday. “Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we’ve played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues.”"

It’ll be a fun season for local college basketball fans now that Missouri appears to be in the fold as far the tournament goes. With the other additions of Blake Harris and Jeremiah Tillman, this is one of the best Mizzou basketball squads that fans have seen in a long time.

Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Norfolk State isn’t in the tournament this year.