Happy Friday, folks. Lots to discuss in the world of Mizzou sports. I'll be here for 90 minutes or so. Let's do this.
I think Porter Sr. is going to make a pretty decent chunk of change, so I'm not sure there's going to be a lot of money left in the salary pool to hire a high-profile coach. I think there will be more clarity on the staff by next week. I believe Martin would like to announce the full staff all at once.
If he can deliver the No. 1 player in the county than he's an excellent coach. Is he an established Xs and Os wizard? No. He's only been a Division I coach for four years, three years with the MU women's team and one year with the Washington men's team. But let's be honest here: Assistant coaches are paid to recruit and deliver the head coach talent. Porter knows the game. More important he can deliver two impact players. Basketball's not a really complicated sport. Martin is an established head coach. He should be more than happy to handle the coaching duties with the two recruits Porter could bring to the roster.
I understand your point ... but I don't think you have to worry too much about Porter Jr. not coming to MU. I get it. Nothing's a done deal until it's a done deal, but Martin isn't hiring Porter Sr. without Porter Jr. coming along, too. Top two program? I'm not sure about that, but no reason Mizzou can't be among the top four consistently.
There's really no reason to even play next year's NCAA Tournament, right? Seriously, though, one NBA lottery pick alone won't make MU a tournament team. It didn't work for Washington this year. It didn't work for NC State. It barely worked for LSU last year. The supporting cast around MPJ will have to develop take their skills to another level.
Zero. It's perfectly legal to hire a parent of a recruit. Ask Kansas.
Good, solid hire. He's not known as a miracle worker, but he also hasn't coached anywhere long enough because he hasn't established his roots at a program. He can do that at Missouri. If he wins the fans will embrace him more than what happened at Tennessee. He's got better resources and support at Mizzou than he did at Cal. If he can keep some of the in-state talent from seeping out of the state border then he can build a consistent winner and have Mizzou in the top tier of the SEC.
Plenty of rumblings that Martin could still make a strong impression on Tilmon and his mother, but Illinois seems like the safe bet at this point. Missouri sure could use him immediately because of the size issues Martin inherited.
I don't think starting lineup matters as much as the regular rotation, but Puryear can't play heavy minutes at the 5. It takes him away from what he does best. He's a smallish 4 with good shooting touch. Porter is a 3. He'll play along the perimeter where he can shoot and drive. He's not a post-up guy unless he's got a really favorable matchup inside. You can play some shifts with Puryear, Barnett and MPJ on the floor together, but this team needs a big man for rebounding, post defense and some degree of an inside scoring threat. I like the Geist-Phillips backcourt at times, but if CJ Roberts sticks with his pledge, he'll see minutes there, too. I'm not sure how Frankie Hughes fits in. Or KJ Walton, who has obvious skills in certain areas but needs to develop his offensive game. There won't be enough minutes for everyone.
He told the KC Star last night that he's leaning toward not reclassifying. If not, I imagine he'll re-enroll at Tolton Catholic HS for his senior year. He doesn't have to make that decision anytime soon, but if he wants to play on the AAU circuit this summer, he'll have to decide before those games start. If he reclassifies and enrolls at MU, I imagine he would do that as soon as possible so he could go through summer workouts with the team.
I really can't say. A stronger chance now than three weeks ago.
A couple could leave, but Mizzou has to manage the APR when it comes to roster turnover. They cannot have players with low GPAs transfer. It will put the program at risk of losing future scholarships. I don't speculate on players who might or might not transfer if I don't have any credible info.
You can say Sr. is capitalizing on the kids' ability and cashing in on their situation, but he's never said anything remotely controversial that would embarrass himself or his family like we've seen from Mr. Ball. The Porters are good people. They're unique in some ways, but the kids are as wholesome as you'll find. I would be surprised if they ever stir up any kind of controversy. In some ways, they're playing the system the way it's allowed.
It's up to Kansas. Everyone in position of power at Mizzou since 2012 has gone on record saying they want to resume the series. Self hasn't backed down. Does a new AD and new football and hoops coach at Mizzou do anything to sway the sentiment in Lawrence? Doubtful. You can change the leadership at Kansas but the influential fans and donors probably won't change their stance.
Rankings end up where they're supposed to be eventually. So much is based on preconceived notions. Right now, Mizzou's ranking of 18 matches their RPI, which takes strength of schedule into account.
Not sure. He loves Mizzou, grew up dreaming of playing for the Tigers. Would he have the chance to play for another Power 6 team? I'm not sure about that.
It might not be up to him. If the staff doesn't have room for a combo guard because of bigger needs elsewhere Martin might have to decide to tell Roberts they need to go in another direction. As Roberts dad said last week, there are lots of moving parts here. Who does Mizzou add? Who does Mizzou lose? I'm not sure how Roberts fits into Martin's system per se, but I think the backcourt could use another scorer and ball-handler.
Football. You can quickly transform your hoops roster with 3-4 players. It takes multiple recruiting classes of 25 players to build a football program that can compete for championships.
No credible info yet that others will join him. Stay tuned.
They both played Division I basketball, so they have the genes.