Michael Porter Jr. leaves the door open for potential return to Missouri

Simon Moss
March 18, 2018

While Missouri men's basketball awaits the decisions of Michael and Jontay Porter, as they debate whether to enter the NBA Draft or return to the Tigers for their sophomore seasons, assessing the Mizzou roster for 2018-19 is hard.

"That decision has not been made", Michael Sr. said. Tilmon, Puryear and a solid recruiting class that could include four-star point guard Courtney Ramey will be a tough out, but they might not be ready for another NCAA Tournament run.

Had Jordan Barnett not been popped with that suspension, this is a team that could have went on a hell of a run. "We like to have as many people on the floor as possible that can make them and we want to spread you out and make you have to guard every inch of floor".

How will Michael Porter Jr. fare in the NCAA Tournament?

"I think we showed some type of fight in the second half".

Should both Porters return, Missouri is likely ranked in the preseason top-10 and could make a deep postseason run. He led the Tigers Friday with 19 points and was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Pingeton said FGCU's style doesn't compare to any other team in the SEC but is similar to past nonconference foes the Tigers have played, notably Western Illinois and Indiana.

Porter, who is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft if he declares, amassed 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

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"Spring break is coming up, so I'll probably relax at the beach", Jontay Porter said.

After opening up a 7-1 lead to begin the game, Missouri trailed 42-20 going into halftime. Missouri never got closer than six in the second half before the Seminoles sealed the win with 15 straight points. Don't get me wrong, I really like the talent and potential Porter Jr. has (we even share the same name!) However, I strongly suggest that he remains in college one more year to get in shape, relearn the speed and flow of the game, and to learn to trust his body again.

Michael Porter, Jr.is great, but what he looks like on Missouri remains a mystery. And as bitter as Friday's pill is to swallow, it should be noted: if we have seen the last of the Porter boys in black and gold, their time in Columbia, Mo. can be classified only as an overwhelming success-even if it didn't exactly match the script we had in mind when it all started.

Arkansas-Little Rock was led by Tori Lasker, who scored 13 points. "The season overall is moments like this where it hurts and highs".

Now, the Seminoles hope to showcase their maturity and poise to pull off an upset against the top seed in the West region of the tournament.

"Of course, we had higher expectations to go further, but that's not what happened".

Or as coach Leonard Hamilton calls it, a team effort.

As marvelous a turnaround as Missouri basketball experienced in the past calendar year-it's been nearly a year to the day since Cuonzo Martin was hired-the Tigers simply ran out of gas at the end. "I'm thinking about my team". I was proud of our guys. We're going to take some time because there's a lot of emotion right now. "I thought they maintained their composure and settled down".

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