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Missouri’s Jontay Porter enters NBA draft

Missouri forward Jontay Porter (11) protects the ball from Florida State guard Trent Forrest (3), forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) and center Ike Obiagu (12) in the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, March 16, 2018. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)
Missouri forward Jontay Porter (11) protects the ball from Florida State guard Trent Forrest (3), forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) and center Ike Obiagu (12) in the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, March 16, 2018. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri freshman forward Jontay Porter is following brother Michael Jr. into the NBA draft.

Porter said Thursday that he will enter the draft without hiring an agent, allowing him to pull out of the draft and retain eligibility.

“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.

The 6-foot-11 forward averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Michael Porter Jr. entered the draft March 26, and had hired an agent. The 6-foot-10 forward played two minutes in the team’s opener, then had lower back surgery Nov. 21. He returned for the SEC Tournament, scoring 12 points in a loss to Georgia. He had 16 points in 28 minutes in a first-round loss to Florida State in the NCAA Tournament.


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