Highly-touted NBA prospect Michael Porter Jr. has made official his intent to join this year’s NBA Draft. This is according to report by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. has declared for the 2018 NBA draft. Porter will sign with an agent and be a high-lottery selection.
Despite missing a bunch of games in his first and only season with the Missouri Tigers, Porter’s NBA stock did not seem to have significantly waned, as the interest in the 6-foot-10 forward remains high.
Porter played in Mizzou’s season opener against the Iowa Cyclones on Nov. 10, but only spent two minutes on the floor before exiting with a back injury. That injury would later require surgery, one that was initially expected to keep him out for the entire season. Porter would battle back from the injury and the surgery to join the Tigers in the SEC tournament and in the 2018 NCAA National Tournament.
In his last game in Tigers uniform, Michael Porter Jr. registered a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes on the floor during a 67-54 loss to the Florida State Cyclones in the first round of the Big Dance.
Porter Jr. is viewed as a top-three pick in the upcoming draft. If that’s the case, he is likely going to get picked by any of the this NBA season’s bottom-feeders in the likes of the Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, and the Dallas Mavericks.
Porter has the great blend of size and mobility that fits today’s NBA. He could run and space the floor, and is also a willing rebounder, as evidenced by his 14.0 rebounds per 40 minutes average during his 27-game stint in the Nike European Youth Basketball League.