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Top 2017 recruit Michael Porter Jr. commits to Mizzou

Holy MEGATON, Batman.


Michael Porter Jr. is headed to Mizzou.

The top small forward in the country and second-best prep player overall (per 247Sports Composite Rankings) announced on Friday afternoon that he would be attending the University of Missouri on his personal Twitter account.

As Porter Jr. indicated, the Columbia, Mo. native originally was committed to the University of Washington. Lorenzo Romar, Porter Jr.’s godfather, had been let go last week, which led to rampant speculation that he would decommit. This was due in part also because his father, Michael Porter Sr., was an assistant coach on the Huskies staff. With Romar’s dismall, Porter Sr. needed a new job and took a position on new head coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff on Thursday.

Suffice it to say, Porter Jr.’s impact is huge for Mizzou. The Tigers had been in the cellar of the SEC basketball standings under former head coach Kim Anderson, but now they may very well have dug themselves out of it. He’s an instant-impact player who has been regarded as one of the best prep players the state of Missouri had ever seen prior to him transferring to Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. He is the second commit of the 2017 class alongside C.J. Roberts, and unsurprisingly, he’s become the best recruit for Mizzou since 2000 when 247Sports began keeping record of these sorts of things.