Jontay Porter joining Missouri for ’17-18 season

In News by Blake Lovell

The worst-kept secret in college basketball is now official.

Jontay Porter, the 6-foot-10 brother of Michael Porter Jr., has officially reclassified to the 2017 class and will join Missouri this upcoming season.

After leaving the 2018 class, Porter is now ranked as the No. 21 player in the 2017 group.

He announced his commitment to Mizzou back in May.

Lovell’s Analysis:

The addition of Porter gives the Tigers their fifth player at 6-10 or taller. That’s not bad.

By adding him to the mix, Missouri now has perhaps the deepest frontcourt in the SEC. Not only will the Porter brothers be able to offer significant contributions, but so will the duo of the returning Kevin Puryear and freshman big man Jeremiah Tilmon.

With that type of depth and size, this team will be able to cause a lot of matchup problems for the opposition.

Does Porter’s inclusion on the roster make Missouri an NCAA Tournament team? I’d argue that it does.

While I wasn’t completely sold on Cuonzo Martin’s ability to take this team from three straight 20-plus loss seasons to SEC contender overnight, it’s hard to ignore the depth and talent on this squad.

I discussed Porter joining the roster in a recent episode of the Southeast Hoops podcast.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.