Missouri superstar Freshman Michael Porter Jr., ESPN’s No. 2 player in the 2017 high school class, shockingly said he might not be one-and-done at Mizzou.
“If the team doesn’t do [as well] as we expect but I still do my job and am projected to be the No. 1 pick, I think that I would be ok coming back to [Missouri] for a second year,” Porter told ESPN. “I didn’t go to a Kansas or a Kentucky or Duke, established programs who have a chance of winning the whole thing every year. I want to do something different, help a program reestablish themselves. I just know that I want to be remembered at Mizzou for being more than just a great player that came and went.”
Wow, the fact that Porter – who most experts have going No. 1 or No. 2 in the 2018 NBA Draft – would even consider staying in college for a second year is astounding.
The 6-10 Porter, whose Missouri debut against Iowa State was limited to two minutes due to a minor hip injury, averaged a whopping 36.4 points and 13.5 rebounds for Nathan Hale (Seattle) last year, leading the team to an undefeated season and the Washington state 3A championship.
The previous season as a junior, Porter averaged 28.5 points as a junior at Father Tolton Catholic (Columbia, MO).
Porter’s dad had moved the family from Missouri to the northwest two summers ago after taking an assistant coaching job at Washington.
Porter, who decommitted from Washington after coach Lorenzo Romar’s firing, committed to Mizzou after his father Michael Porter Sr. accepted an assistant job at the school this summer under new Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin.
He also averaged 22.8 points and 10.9 rebounds in the Nike EYBL in 2016, leading Mokan Elite to the Peach Jam title alongside No. 23 2017 HS recruit Trae Young (Oklahoma).
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