Jontay Porter declares for the NBA draft, but will not sign with an agent
COLUMBIA – Missouri freshman Jontay Porter has officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. However, unlike his brother Michael Porter Jr., Jontay will not sign with an agent, making a return to NCAA play possible.
Though Porter Jr.’s declaration for the draft was much expected, it was questionable whether or not Jontay would stay another year to further refine his promising skill-set.
Instead, 18 year-old Porter will look to develop at the professional level, but his tremendous basketball IQ he portrayed throughout the season might push him further in the developmental process earlier than expected.
The blossoming forward averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last year for the Tigers. Porter constantly flashed his ability to fill up the stat sheet, especially in the latter part of the season, scoring in double digits in nine of Missouri’s last 12 games.
Porter’s departure from the team will not only leave the Tiger’s roster in a state of flux for next season, but also could mean the same for coach Cuonzo Martin’s coaching staff.
It is unclear at the moment if the Porters' father Michael Porter Sr. will stay with the Tigers coaching staff, if both of his sons turn pro.
As of now, it is projected that Porter will be a middle-to-late first-round draft pick, while his brother Porter Jr. remains a projected lottery pick.