COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The nation’s No. 1 recruit made his college choice official Wednesday when swingman Michael Porter Jr. signed a letter of intent to play for new coach Cuonzo Martin at Missouri.
The 6-foot-10 Porter initially chose Washington last year when his father, Michael Porter Sr., worked as an assistant for Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar. But when Romar was fired, Porter’s father was hired to be an assistant for Martin at Missouri, and the talented forward soon made a verbal commitment.
It became binding Wednesday, the first day prospects could sign letters of intent.
Porter grew up in Columbia and starred for Father Tolton Catholic until last year, when he played for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. He averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds as a senior.
Courtesy of Missouri Sports Information:
Quotes from new Mizzou Men’s Basketball signee Michael Porter, Jr. – Wednesday, April 12
On the thought of returning home to play at Mizzou…
“Mizzou is my home. I lived in Columbia from fifth grade all the way until my senior year of high school. That place has shown me so much love. And I want to give back to that. I want to get Mizzou Basketball back to the atmosphere I know it can be.”
On playing for new Mizzou head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin…
“Coach Martin is such a normal, humble guy. I can’t wait to play for him. He wants to put me in the best possible situations to succeed. As a player, you can really tell he is a guy that wants his players to be great, see them do well and make it to the next level.”
On the Columbia community and Mizzou fans…
“Mizzou fans and people in Columbia know me. I’ll be around town. I’m a friendly guy. On the court, I’m not as much of a friendly guy. You’ve got to dial it in, then. But just me? I’m fun.”