Michael Porter Jr. leaves the door open for potential return to Missouri
Michael Porter Jr.’s time at Missouri was very brief this season due to an unfortunate injury that cost him much of the season but that doesn’t mean his career in Columbia will also be brief.
Following Mizzou’s 67-54 loss to Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Porter was asked about his future. While most assume he’s a lock to leave school now and declare for the NBA draft, the Missouri freshman isn’t ready to say his college career has come to an end.
Porter scored 16 points, had 10 rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes of action against the Seminoles.
It certainly would be understandable if he left early for the draft, he’s projected as a top NBA prospect, Porter’s circumstances are a bit unique. His father is a coach on staff at Missouri and his brother is on the team. While he missed the opportunity to compete with them for the vast majority of the season, he only played in one regular season game and a game in each of the SEC and NCAA Tournaments due to a back injury, the allure of coming back could see Porter return for another season.
Here’s what the freshman had to say when asked about his future following the end of Missouri’s season:
Michael Porter Jr. says he hasn't made an NBA decision yet but coming back for his sophomore season is "definitely not out of the question".
— Matt Weller (@MattWeller_) March 17, 2018