Jontay Porter to return to Missouri

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Jontay Porter, coming off a promising freshman season, decided he won't follow his brother into the National Basketball Association and has pulled himself out of consideration for next month's draft, MU announced Wednesday, nine hours ahead of the deadline for underclassmen to pull out of the draft.

In a statement, Mizzou Men's Basketball Head Coach Cuonzo Martin said Jontay has the potential to make a big jump from his freshman season and be a great leader for the Tigers next year. He earned Southeastern Conference Co-Sixth Man of the Year honors and was named to the league's All-Freshman team.

Porter's return eases concerns about the lack of proven scoring ability on the Missouri roster, and he will provide exceptional passing ability to a team that will only have two point guards, including one true freshman. He reached double figures nine times in the last 12 games of the campaign, averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds during that stretch. He shot 43.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc, draining 40 three-pointers. Unlike older brother Michael Porter Jr., Jontay did not sign with an agent, freeing him to return to college as long as he declared his plans by Wednesday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline. "For him, it came overnight".

Wednesday marked the final day for any NBA Prospects to withdraw from Draft consideration.

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Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft had Porter going 18th overall to the San Antonio Spurs. First-round picks get guaranteed contracts. And The Athletic projected him to be the Philadelphia 76ers' selection at No. 26.

Porter's return to Mizzou is just the boost the Tigers needed after an offseason purge of offense. With another year under his belt, he is expected to be a higher pick in the 2019 draft, which is generally considered to be a weaker draft than this year. Porter has now claimed the last scholarship available for the Tigers.

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