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Jontay Porter to Visit Missouri, Decide on Reclassifying
Jontay Porter, the 6-foot-9 rising senior power forward, will take his official visit to Missouri on Monday and then make a decision about reclassifying, per Rivals.com.
Porter had initially verbally pledged to Washington for the Class of 2018, but Lorenzo Romar was fired and he re-opened his recruitment.
“My family and I thought it would be in my best interest to re-evaluate where I’m going to go in light of coaching changes at UW,” Porter said after he reopened his recruitment.
Michael Porter Sr., Porter’s father, is an assistant on Cuonzo Martin’s staff at Missouri, while his older brother Michael Porter Jr., will be a freshman at Mizzou. (For more on this, read the FanRagSports.com column.)
Jontay could opt to reclass to 2017 and play alongside his brother in what will likely be Michael’s only season in college. Michael is projected to be the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft per DraftExpress.
The brothers led Nathan Hale to an undefeated 29-0 season, with Michael averaging 37.8 points per game and Jontay averaging 14.7 points per game.
On Friday, Jontay went for 30 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists as MoKan Elite beat the Georgia Stars on the Nike EYBL circuit.
Missouri has already landed former Washington commit Blake Harris in its 2017 recruiting class and is involved for uncommitted small forward Kevin Knox of Tampa (FL) Catholic, who is also considering Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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