COLUMBIA, MO. • Washington’s loss is Missouri’s gain — again.
Point guard Blake Harris became the second recruit once signed to play for the Washington Huskies to instead join Mizzou’s 2017 signing class. Harris, on an official visit in Columbia this weekend, announced Sunday on Twitter that he committed to Cuonzo Martin’s Tigers.
Michael Porter Jr., the nation’s top-ranked recruit, also asked out of his letter intent to Washington and committed to Mizzou last month. Porter and five-star forward Kevin Knox joined Harris in town this weekend on official visits.
Harris, a 6-3 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., is rated a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 124 player by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. He gives Mizzou three commitments for the current recruiting class and 11 scholarship players for the 2017-18 season. Last fall, Mizzou signed Texas guard C.J. Roberts, who last week reaffirmed his pledge to MU. Missouri’s three-man class now rates No. 16 by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.
Harris signed with Washington in November, and like Porter, asked out of his letter of intent after the school fired coach Lorenzo Romar. Harris was also considering Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina State and Rutgers. Harris cannot sign a second national letter of intent but he can sign a financial aid agreement on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA spring signing period.
Knox, whose Mizzou’s visit follows trips to Duke, Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina, has said he’ll wait until after this Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic to announce his school choice. Knox traveled to Columbia for this weekend’s visit with Porter from the Nike Summit in Portland, Ore.
Barring more roster turnover, Martin will have at least two more scholarships to use on newcomers. East St….