Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. Declares for NBA Draft

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He then played in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference and the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

It's been a foregone conclusion for years that Porter, Jr. would spend just one year in college as he's always been considered a potential No. 1 pick given his skill set coupled with his 6-foot-10 frame.

COLUMBIA, Mo-The Michael Porter Junior era is over at Mizzou. "I wish I could've been on the floor with my brother every single night, but I'm so thankful to be a part of such a special group", Porter says in the video. For almost two years in high school and on the AAU circuit, Porter had played through a back injury suffered during a collision on a dunk attempt two summers ago. But he underwent back surgery after his injury and he was just 9-of-29 shooting in two games after his return - losses to Georgia in the SEC tourney and Florida State in the NCAA Tournament.

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Porter has the great blend of size and mobility that fits today's National Basketball Association.

Porter was injured in the November 10 opener against Iowa State and departed the contest after scoring on a putback and feeling discomfort in his leg and hip. Porter played in the Tigers' three exhibition games but shortly before tipoff against the Cyclones he told coach Cuonzo Martin he couldn't play because of the pain. While he did score 16 points, Missouri was easily beaten by Florida State, 67-51. He scored just 30 points in 53 minutes of action.

He wanted to play with his brother and his team. "I'll get better at the sport regardless what I do".

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