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ESPN on Michael Porter Jr.: He “has some work cut out for him in the pre-draft process.”

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Nashville Practice Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

So Cuonzo Martin said a couple of interesting things on last night’s radio gig.

1. Don’t forget about Mitchell Smith.

The 6’10, 215-pound redshirt sophomore-to-be hasn’t played since early-January 2017 after suffering what I believe are multiple knee injuries. We’ll consider this a good sign.

2. Cullen VanLeer’s knee surgery is this Thursday.

VanLeer was putting off surgery until after the season so he could continue traveling with the team, and, well, season’s over now.

Some other hoops notes:

3. <3, Kassius.

Gonna miss that dude.

4. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony evaluated Michael Porter Jr.’s performance with draft goggles on.

Not great, not terrible.

Porter spent most of his minutes at small forward in oversized lineups with almost zero ballhandling, passing or shooting, partially due to the fact that Missouri’s starting small forward was suspended. Porter showed off his well-documented weaknesses, including his upright style of ballhandling, his lack of court vision and poor shot selection. [...]

While Porter didn’t help himself by deciding to play these last two games, you can certainly argue that he showed quite a bit of character and competitiveness. There was perhaps a degree of irrational self-belief here, but the fact that he wanted to try and help his team is something NBA teams will likely appreciate.

Looking forward: Porter has some work cut out for him in the pre-draft process, both in convincing teams his injury problems are a thing of the past as well as reminding them of his talent level. Thanks to the amount of film that is out there from his high school, AAU and USA Basketball days, it won’t be hard for teams to see what he looks like on video when he’s at full strength, but Porter will have to do a little more than other players in the top seven or eight to cement his spot in the draft after the time away.

Yesterday at Rock M

More Links:

  • Thursday: Pro Day.
  • Hey, let’s check in on the South end zone construction.

What happened?

“I don’t know, that’s a really tough question because we’re still trying to wrap our heads around why this went downhill so fast,” said Cunningham, who made first team All-Southeastern Conference. “I can’t put my thumb on it. I try to look back at the season as a whole. We did have a very successful one — I mean, we broke quite a few records at Mizzou, again. So it is fun. But this last stretch puts a bitter taste in my mouth.”