Jontay Porter commits to Missouri

Five-star Class of 2018 forward recruit Jontay Porter announced Monday that he's verbally committed to play at Missouri, where his brother Michael Porter Jr., the nation's top Class of 2017 recruit, signed to play in April.

"I think this group of guys is going to be great", Jontay Porter said.

Almost two months after Jontay Porter teamed up with his older brother Michael to help Nathan Hale (Seattle) finish off the ideal season with a state title win over Garfield (Seattle), Jontay announced his plans to head to Missouri, though it remains unclear if he'll suit up next season or wait until 2018-19. Michael Porter Sr. was an assistant at Washington, but he is now an assistant coach at Missouri under newly hired Cuonzo Martin.

A possibly big turning point in favor Porter reclassifying would be the opportunity to play alongside his brother in college. "I think that's a flawless recipe for people to show up to the arena come the season".

Regardless of the class he winds up in, Porter said he plans on recruiting some of Missouri's targets for 2018 because of the relationships he's built with them. An early commitment to Washington, Porter re-opened his recruitment following the firing of former Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. Porter Jr., widely rated the nation's No. 1 high school prospect, is the headliner, but the Tigers have also added Tilmon, a four-star 6-11 post player; four-star point guard Blake Harris from Chapel Hill, N.C.; four-star guard C.J. Roberts from Dallas; and shooting guard Kassius Robertson, a graduate transfer from Canisius College.

"Hopefully they see the success Mizzou has this year and they decide that's the place they want to go", he said. "When he's out of the game I can play the five, too".

The Tigers have one scholarship available for the 2017-18 season.

Porter is now 27th in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports' composite, but he is still undecided on whether he will reclassify and join Mizzou in 2017.

Having his father as a coach was one of the biggest reasons Porter decided on Missouri. In 2016, he won a state title in Missouri for Father Tolton-Columbia.

  • Julie Sanders