High-Major Alerts: Michael Porter Jr. and Missouri basketball

A fan favorite already, MPJ’s star will only continue to grow.

The last few weeks for Michael Porter Jr., the nation’s no. 1 player, have been a whirlwind. He received his release from the University of Washington, based on their firing of Coach Lorenzo Romar, and signed with his hometown school, the University of Missouri, now coached by Cuonzo Martin. Oh, and he won MVP honors at the McDonald’s All-American Game, once again asserting his dominance in this year’s class.

Here are a few articles about the superstar’s recent decisions and play:

MPJ, the budding celebrity:

“Durant sponsored Porter’s grassroots team Mokan Elite ahead of last season on the EYBL. The two text often. That’s not the only famous former MVP in his phone.

Porter first met Steph Curry when he was invited to his SC Select Camp for elite guards. Porter was the tallest player there, but he quickly developed a connection with the Warriors star. For two days this past summer, Porter flew out to the Bay Area to train with Curry. He said they talk every month.”

The high school kid casually texts NBA MVP’s… wonder what those conversations are like. Probably bragging about posterizing dunks and step-back threes.
Don’t call him a pretty boy:

“I feel like I was made for basketball. My mom played basketball. She’s 6-4. My dad played basketball. He’s 6-4. They’re basically breeding basketball players, and from top to bottom we play basketball.”

MPJ comes from strong basketball bloodlines, and might not even be the best athlete in his family.

The Porter package deal:

Jontay [Porter] was committed to Washington, and his early graduation has been a possibility for months. His motivation to reclassify stems from a desire to play with his older brother in college. According to Michael Porter Jr., Jontay has made a pro-con list, but he still isn’t sure where he’ll land next year. If he were to jump to college a year early, it’d presumably be at Missouri, making this even more of a Porter family affair—and giving the Tigers another weapon they couldn’t have dreamed of a month ago.

The possibility of the Porter brothers playing together at Missouri is so enticing – will Jontay graduate high school early? Or will MPJ stay more than one year to play with his brother?

Growing up, Porter Jr. shot around in Mizzou Arena. Now he’ll play there.

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