Mizzou's Michael Porter is heading into NBA Draft

Michael Porter Jr. declared for the NBA draft

USA TODAY reports the heralded 6-10 forward dealt with a back injury that kept him out nearly the entire season, minus two minutes in the Tigers' season opener, one game in the SEC tournament and the NCAA tournament opener, a loss to Florida State. Missouri was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Florida State in the opening round. While that might not be the case after his injury-plagued season, it'd be shocking if he fell out of the top 10.

Porter missed most of the season with a back injury that he suffered just two minutes into his first collegiate game. The Former Tolton star brought down 20 rebounds and had three steals in 53 minutes of game action.

Porter showed signs of why he was a top-ranked recruit in the class of 2017, but there were also a lot of examples of rust and not being in game shape, which is understandable given the length of his absence. But today, we can add one more to the list.

Late in the game Porter was visibly gassed and committed a bad turnover that was the sheer result of exhaustion. Jontay, who just turned 18 in November, said after the Florida State loss that he'd consult with his family before deciding if he'd enter the draft.

Michael Porter Jr. talked of leaving a legacy at Missouri.

Porter is long on potential - he is an offensive playmaker who can create his own shot and just knows how to get buckets. At times he was Mizzou's best player on the floor and earned SEC All-Freshman team honors and shared the league's sixth man of the year award.

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