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Jontay Porter declares for NBA Draft

Jontay Porter declares for NBA Draft

April 20th, 2019 by Colin O'Brien in Mizzou Sports
Former Missouri men's basketball player Jontay Porter has declared for the NBA Draft.

Former Missouri men's basketball player Jontay Porter has...

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COLUMBIA — In a brief announcement posted to his Twitter account Friday afternoon, Jontay Porter declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

"I'll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft," his statement said. "I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey, especially my family, coaches, and teammates. Excited for this next step!"

Porter, a 6-foot-11 forward, had an outstanding freshman season for the Missouri Tigers and was named Southeastern Conference Sixth Man and co-Freshman of the Year in the 2017-18 season. He averaged 9.9 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds and 1.67 blocks per game.

The deadline to withdraw a name from the draft process is 11:59 p.m.,May 29, 10 days after the end of the draft combine, which will be held from May 15-19 in Chicago.

He explored the draft a year ago, but withdrew his name because of unfavorable reviews of his athleticism and vertical leap, electing to return to Missouri to improve his game, but it was not to be.

Porter tore the ACL in his right knee in a closed preseason scrimmage and missed the entire 2018-19 season, and then re-tore the same ligament in March after playing on a court in Denver before he was medically cleared to do so by a doctor.

Porter re-classified to join his older brother Michael Porter Jr. after the two played a season together at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Wash. The two made a name for themselves at Father Tolton High School and on AAU circuits, and were both top 25 recruits.

Jontay, and then Michael, committed to play at Washington for their godfather, Lorenzo Romar, but he was let go by the Huskies, and the brothers were released from their Letters of Intent and signed to play for Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin.

Porter Jr. has spent this NBA season with the Denver Nuggets after he was taken with the 14th overall pick, rehabbing a back injury that kept him out for all but three games of Missouri's 2017-18 season.

Porter will likely have to go through the same process as his older brother, spending eight to 10 months recovering from a second ACL tear in the same year.