Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou's Jontay Porter Declares for NBA Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou's Jontay Porter Declares for NBA Draft, Won't Hire Agent

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COLUMBIA, MO.- Minutes after his freshman basketball season ended at Missouri, Jontay Porter thought about what he needs to improve before next year.

"Everything, I guess," he said March 16 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, where the Tigers had just lost to Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

By all accounts, the 6-foot-11 teenager has massive room for improvement. But he might have the chance to make those strides while earning a paycheck.

Porter announced Thursday that he'll make himself available for this summer's National Basketball Association draft, though unlike his older brother Michael Porter Jr., Jontay won't hire an agent, leaving open the opportunity to return to MU for his sophomore season.

Jontay, 18, the SEC's co-sixth man of the year and a member of the league's all-freshman team, announced his plans Thursday in a tweet on the Mizzou basketball team's account.

"I have loved everything about my experience on and off the court as a member of the Mizzou family but have always dreamed of playing in the NBA," Porter said. "While I am not making any final decisions at this point I am not hiring an agent and will be diligent in complying with all NCAA rules to ensure that I maintain my eligibility to compete at the NCAA level for Mizzou in the future.

"I am going to declare for the NBA draft. This will allow me to evaluate my status with NBA teams so that I can make a fully educated decision on my future. I am excited for this opportunity and appreciate the continued support from Mizzou Nation throughout this process!"

Draft-eligible underclassmen must decide by May 30 to enter the draft or return to school and retain their college eligibility. The draft is June 21 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Michael Porter Jr. announced last week that he will enter the NBA draft and later signed with Priority Sports, a Chicago-based agency, thus eliminating any chance he can retain his college eligibility. Michael is widely considered a lottery pick in the draft, perhaps a top-five selection. Jontay has been projected as a late first- or early second-round pick. …

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