After declaring for the draft in April, the SEC co-sixth man of the year won’t hire an agent and will return to the Tigers for another season.
The Tigers will take on Kennesaw State in the first round of the pre-Thanksgiving tournament, with former conference rival Kansas State potentially waiting in the final.
Evansville transfer Dru Smith pledged to Missouri on Friday morning, but major target Courtney Ramey later announced his commitment to Texas.
Missouri was one of four schools in the coveted point guard's final cut, along with Texas, Louisville and Oklahoma State.
Smith will sit out next season then be eligible to play two years for the Tigers.
Watson said playing for his AAU team alongside two fellow Missouri newcomers helped prepare him for a potential four-perimeter-man style.
Painter and Martin once coached together at Purdue and were teammates there years earlier when Weber was an assistant coach.
Smith, who announced on March 5 he would transfer from Illinois, will have to sit out the 2018-19 season.
Louisville, who Ramey had formerly been committed to, stepped back from his recruitment on Monday after Ramey announced his final 10 schools last Thursday.
Porter won’t hire an agent, leaving him until May 30 to finalize his decision.
Missouri’s most coveted recruit in years will forgo a second season with the Tigers despite appearing in just three games at the collegiate level.
After a season in which the team’s roster was constantly changing, uncertainty reigns regarding who will stay, who will go and what new assets Missouri will add this offseason.
A 22-point halftime deficit proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome in Nashville.
Michael Porter Jr.’s return proved to be more untimely than anything.
Even with increases in ranked teams from a year ago, the SEC’s record against top-25 competition this year will be working against it through the madness of March.
The Tigers will meet Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, but with Jordan Barnett suspended, they’re more depleted than ever.
The Tigers clawed back from down 12, but were upset by Georgia as Kassius Robertson missed a potential game-winning late 3.
The Tigers will have to hope they’re more resilient next week, when the team most likely plays in the NCAA Tournament.
Porter told Martin he was “ready to go” after practice on Tuesday.
The Tigers finished fifth in the SEC and will tip off postseason play on Thursday in St. Louis.