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Jontay Porter forgoes NBA draft, will return to Mizzou

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eorgia's William Jackson II, left, heads to the basket past Missouri's Jontay Porter, right, during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Louis. Georgia won 62-60. (AP eorgia's William Jackson II, left, heads to the basket past Missouri's Jontay Porter, right, during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Louis. Georgia won 62-60. (AP

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Jontay Porter will forgo the NBA draft and return to the University of Missouri for his sophomore season.

The school announced the news around 2 p.m. Wednesday, shortly before the deadline to declare for the draft.

Porter, younger brother of Michael Porter Junior, was Mizzou’s most consistent player last season and was projected to be drafted somewhere between the end of the first round and the beginning of the second round if he went pro.

Michael Porter Jr., considered to be the best prospect in the country coming into last season and a top-5 draft pick in this summer, missed nearly the entire year with a back injury. In his absence, Jontay rose to prominence as the team’s best all-around threat.

Porter averaged 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocked shots in SEC play, earning him All-Freshman team honors in the conference. He also finished with 55 blocks, third most in Mizzou history for a freshman.

He will be the centerpiece of a team returning three starters (Porter technically came off the bench, but played starter-level minutes). Kevin Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon are also coming back for another season with the team.

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