Until Michael Porter Jr. plays a full game for Missouri, his injury will be the most important story surrounding this Tigers basketball team. But on Monday against Wagner, the Porter who was on the court, Michael’s younger brother Jontay, showed the versatility that makes him a devastating option for MU to bring off the bench.
The 6-foot-11, 17-year-old forward scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and recorded four assists. He did this just 21 minutes, some of which he likely took in place of his older brother.
“I was thinking about that today … how long it will take him to catch up to me,” the younger Porter said when asked about when his older brother will post up better statistics than him. “I’m sure it’ll happen eventually with as good a player as he is. It might be the next game. He’ll have 50 points and surpass me in one game. But yeah, I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
Jontay Porter looked fine on his own, though. He played 13 minutes in the first half and recorded all of his four assists then, so he led the Tigers in that category at halftime.
Teammates have lauded the freshman’s passing ability — which, along with Porter’s rebounding, allows him to affect the game even when he isn’t shooting well. Forward Jordan Barnett said Porter’s passing is at its best when he’s moving the ball while posting up from the low block, and that’s where Porter’s most impressive pass came from on Monday.
With his back to the basket, Porter bounced a pass to Terrence Phillips, who was…