NBA Draft 2019: Missouri’s Jontay Porter declares entry

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Jontay Porter has announced his entry into the 2019 NBA Draft.

The Missouri center broke the news in a post via Twitter on Friday, thanking those who have helped him along the way.

Porter wrote:

“I’ll be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey, especially my family, coaches and teammates. Excited for this next step!”

Porter missed the entire 2018-19 season with an ACL injury and re-tore it in March while doing rehab in Denver, Colo. The 6-10 big man averaged 9.9 points in 2017-18 as a freshman and helped the Tigers make their first NCAA tournament in five years.

But Missouri finished 15-17 without him this year and missed the NCAA tournament.

Jontay is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., who was an early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft before suffering a back injury early in his freshman campaign. Worries about his health likely caused him to slide to the Nuggets at 14. Now, Jontay may face the same fate.

Denver elected to sit Michael for all of what would have been his rookie season in 2018-19 and finished the year as the second best team in the Western Conference without him.

Whichever team takes a chance on Jontay could use a similar approach. He was projected to be a first-round pick before his second ACL tear.

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