Missouri forward Jontay Porter has made a decision on whether or not he will return to Missouri for his sophomore season or, like his older brother Michael Porter Jr., enter into the NBA Draft.
The younger Porter has decided to return to Mizzou for another season. Wednesday was the deadline for players who had not hired an agent to decide whether or not to remain in the draft.
In his freshman season at Missouri, Porter averaged 9.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per contest. For his efforts, Porter was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was named Co-Sixth-Man of the Year.
Porter appeared to have a solid chance of getting drafted, as many pegged him as a late-first, early second round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Another year at Missouri likely allows Porter to better showcase his skills and become a focal point for the offense. Missouri also saw its two leading scorers from the 2017-18 team—Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett—graduate.
In Counzo Martin’s first season at Missouri, the Tigers made it back into the NCAA Tournament, but the Tigers lost in the first round to Florida State. The Tigers went 20-13 last season and finished in fifth place in the SEC.
As for where Michael Porter Jr. may end, that seems to be in flux. On Tuesday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said, “I don’t think there’s a player in this entire draft that has more questions around them.” Some could see Porter Jr. going in the top-5 while some possibly see him sliding out of the top 10 due to concerns about his back injury that caused him to miss most of his freshman season. One team that has reportedly been interested in Porter Jr. is the Los Angeles Clippers but they do not pick until No. 12.
Other SEC teams had players make decision on whether or not to comeback. Auburn received some very good news as Austin Wiley, Bryce Brown and Mustapha Heron all made the decision to come back to Auburn for another year, while LSU guard Tremont Waters announced on Tuesday night that he would be coming to school for his sophomore season.