Missouri men’s basketball makes final recruiting push
COLUMBIA — Jontay Porter isn’t sure when the last time he and his brother Michael did not play on the same basketball team.
He thinks it could have been the summer before he was in seventh grade, when Michael played on MOKAN Elite and Jontay played on a different AAU team. It might have been fourth grade, when Michael was a full year away from him on the court.
Jontay will decide if he wants to continue the trend of playing with his brother — or be the go-to man on the court in high school.
After Jontay took his official visit to Missouri on Monday, he made sure to stop by Tolton — his former school before moving to Seattle a year ago.
He stopped by the school’s basketball gym, where he helped create highlight after highlight, dominating Missouri Class 3 teams a year ago with Michael.
Jontay will move back to Columbia because his father, Michael Sr., took an assistant-coaching job under new Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin. Martin has a preference about what he wants Porter to do, but he isn’t going to pressure him.
The question turns to whether or not Porter wants to continue a legacy at a high school or start one with his brother at Missouri. His older sisters, Bri and Cierra, have already made an impact on the MU women’s basketball team. Four Porters playing basketball at the same school at the same time is appealing to Jontay.
“I want a dynasty, basically, and I know at Mizzou that can happen,” Jontay said. “Our whole Porter family can go through Mizzou and make a legacy.”
The downside to reclassifying is missing out on an opportunity to play out of Michael’s shadow for a year and not being able to participate in a slew of All-American games and camps as Michael did.
Jontay will evaluate and weigh the pros and cons and base his decision on what is most beneficial to his long-term goal of making the NBA. His preference about the path he’ll take changes day by day.
“There isn’t a bad decision; both I think will be very great for my future,” he said. “I’m not committed by any means to Mizzou, yet. That’s subject to change pretty soon.”
Jontay doesn’t have a set time to announce his intentions for the upcoming school year, but he said he wants to figure out that choice sooner rather than later.
Missouri pushes for transfer player, Robertson
The Tigers are making a play on yet another recruit. Canisius graduate transfer Kassius Robertson will visit Missouri on Thursday after visiting Georgia Tech earlier in the week.
Robertson is a sharpshooting guard who could provide an instant edge to the team’s perimeter game. He shot 41 percent from beyond the arc this season — the 33rd-highest percentage in the nation— and averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game. He made 40.3 percent of his 3-pointers during his career at Canisius.
Canisius is a Division I program in Buffalo, New York. The team plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and went 18-16 last season.
According to Spectrum News Buffalo, Robertson sharpened his 3-point acumen through hours of practice and studying NBA players such as Kyle Korver, J.J. Redick and Klay Thompson.
Robertson, a Toronto native, redshirted his freshman year at Canisius, giving him one more year of eligibility as a graduate. He will not need to sit out at all next season.
Latest on Knox and Smith
Five-star forward Kevin Knox II has been considering Missouri as well as blue-blood programs such as North Carolina and Duke. There have been no definitive updates on his decision, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter reported that his father said in a text, “There still is a chance to be a Tiger.” Knox is expected to make a decision sometime next week.
Four-star guard Mark Smith — who had recently eliminated Missouri from his mix — picked Illinois over Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke and Ohio State on Wednesday.
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