Oft-injured Missouri center Porter headed for NBA draft

Jontay Porter of Missouri has declared for the NBA Draft.

Missouri center Jontay Porter declared for the NBA Draft on Friday, announcing his decision on his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-11, 236-pound Porter averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 blocked shots in 24.5 minutes for the Tigers this season, for which he returned despite being considered to be a late first-round selection in 2018.

Porter has been plagued by injuries in his career, missing his sophomore season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in October. He retore the ACL in March and had another surgery to repair it.

He averaged 9.9 points in 2017-18 as a freshman and helped the Tigers make their first NCAA Tournament in five years. Missouri finished 15-17 this season, not returning to the tournament.

“In all honesty, I was impatient and completely naïve to think I was ready to get back on the court and play before I was cleared to (play),” Porter said in an Instagram post last month. “Word to the wise — never disobey doctor’s orders! I know I won’t make that mistake twice and will be back better than ever.”

Porter is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Denver Nuggets, but did not play this season after having back surgery.