Afterwards, Porter Jr. commented on his future, telling reporters post game that “I gotta do what’s best for me.” and that a decision on his NBA future wouldn’t be made for “a little while” according to the Kansas City Star’s Aaron Reiss.
Porter Jr. also added that he didn’t think he helped Missouri down the stretch, as the Tigers lost both games he played in. Porter Jr. also told reporters that he was crying over the loss, prior to reporters entering the locker room.
But Porter Jr. said that he did not regret any choice that he made including coming back to play when he easily could’ve sat out and headed straight to the NBA.
Porter Jr. is widely expected to be a top draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and his comments are perhaps more harsh on himself than they need to be. While yes he did shoot 9-of-29 in those two games, his Missouri teammates didn’t exactly give him a lot of help. Porter Jr. had 16 points and 10 rebounds in just his third college game. He was one of only 2 Missouri players to finish in double figures in the loss.
Missouri was also without its second leading scorer in Jordan Barnett, who was suspended following a DWI arrest.
Porter Jr. came to Missouri with much hype as he was the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2017 recruiting cycle. But he suffered a back injury 2 minutes into his first game against Iowa State and was sidelined from November until March with the injury. He made his return to the court against Georgia in the SEC Tournament. He shot 5-of-17 in that game and the Tigers lost 62-60.
Players of Porter Jr.’s caliber almost always end up going pro after one season, and Porter Jr. probably should. It’s just a bummer for him and the Missouri fan base that we didn’t get to see more of him in a Missouri uniform. It’s worth pointing out that he notched a double-double in just his third college game, proving that the talent is pretty clearly there.
The loss to Florida State means that Missouri will end the season with a 20-13 record.