COLUMBIA, Mo. – Jontay Porter’s arrival at Missouri appears to be imminent.
Before Porter’s second game at Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., on Thursday, Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com asked Porter if it was a safe assumption he’d leave high school a year early to join the Tigers next season.
“Yeah, for sure,” Porter replied. “That’s a safe assumption.”
That’s the closest Porter has come yet to announcing his intention to reclassify, though for most of the summer – especially in the last week – it has appeared that Porter’s high school career is over. He announced his commitment to Missouri on May 21, though he didn’t specify if that was as a member of the Class of 2017 or 2018.
Porter told the Tribune on Friday that “I might just let Mizzou handle all that whenever I decide, if I decide to enroll.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday afternoon that Porter’s high school transcripts were approved by the NCAA last month, which would pave the way for him to enroll at Mizzou in the fall.
The Tigers have had an open scholarship for 2017-18 since Jakoby Kemp transferred on May 22. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin was asked at a press conference Monday if he expected the spot to be filled. His answer was, “Yes, I think so.”
Porter would be the sixth player to join the Tigers this offseason. His older brother, top recruit Michael Porter Jr., announced his commitment to Missouri in March. C.J. Roberts, Blake Harris, Jeremiah Tilmon and Kassius Robertson later followed suit.
Porter is listed at 6-foot-10, which means his addition would give Missouri five players at that height: Michael Porter, Tilmon, Mitchell Smith and Reed Nikko are the others.
Porter has a five-star rating from Rivals and 247Sports, with Rivals ranking him No. 11 and 247Sports ranking him No. 14 in the Class of 2018.
His start at Peach Jam has been rocky, with MOKAN Elite losing its first two games of the tournament. In a 64-57 loss to Nike Phamily – which went 2-14 in the regular season – on Thursday afternoon, Porter went 1 for 8 from the field and finished with three points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.