About Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter is perhaps the most enigmatic high-level prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft having played a total of just 53 minutes this season after undergoing back surgery. Widely regarded as one of the top-2 players in the high school class of 2017. Expectations were high for Porter, who built a stellar prep resume and stood out as one of the most productive players on a stacked USA team that won a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA U18 Americas Championship. After leaving the court two minutes into Missouri’s season opener against Iowa State, Porter did not return until the postseason, tallying a double-double in the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament loss to Florida State. A confident scorer with a promising jump shot and NBA size, circumstances did not permit Porter to build much of a body of work last season, which does not take away from his intriguing potential.
Father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach at Missouri. Younger brother, Jontay Porter, was the SEC Sixth Man of the Year as a freshman after reclassifying to join his brother at Missouri and is also early entry candidate for the 2018 NBA Draft.
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- Has the size to play either forward position. Measured at 6’10.75 in shoes with a 7’0.25 wingspan and 211-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Didn’t get to showcase his athleticism at the college level, but has impressive fluidity and leaping ability.
- Has good potential on the defensive end with his combination of mobility, competitiveness, and size. Makes some effort plays chasing down opposing guards for blocks in transition and getting in the passing lanes. Will benefit from getting stronger, but has some potential to guard multiple positions.