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story.lead_photo.caption In this 2018 file photo, Jeremiah Tilmon of Missouri shoots over Arkansas' Adrio Bailey during a game at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Associated Press / News Tribune.

COLUMBIA — Missouri sophomore forward Jeremiah Tilmon will explore the NBA draft process, the program announced Monday.

"It's always been a dream of mine since I started playing basketball to make it to the NBA," Tilmon said in a statement. "I want to get everything I can out of this process. I'm excited to learn from it and get the feedback I need."

Tilmon, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds this past season and has improved his post game each season with the Tigers while developing a mid-range game. He struggled with foul trouble in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, averaging 19.4 minutes per game in 2017-18 and 24.2 minutes in 2018-19.

Entering his name in the 2019 NBA draft pool does not mean Tilmon loses future eligibility, as long as he removes it within 10 days of the draft combine, which runs May 14-19.

Tilmon can also hire an agent who can pay for travel, lodging and food during the combine process without violating his eligibility, provided Tilmon and the agent part ways by the May 29 withdrawal deadline if he elects to return to Missouri.

"Jeremiah has a chance to take advantage of a valuable opportunity and gather information through the process to help him moving forward," Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said in the statement. "We fully support him using the resources available and we'll assist him in any way we can."

Jontay Porter went through the same process last season and elected to return, and while he has not yet announced his intentions since re-tearing his ACL in late March.

It is widely assumed Porter will not play another game of college basketball.

Forward K.J. Santos entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal late last week, and is expected to transfer.

Missouri currently has Reed Nikko and Mitchell Smith returning at forward, as well as incoming freshman Tray Jackson.

The NBA draft lottery, which will have 14 teams involved, is scheduled to be held May 14.

The NBA draft will be June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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