With Michael Porter Jr. officially declaring for the NBA draft, we now find ourselves waiting for Jontay Porter to make his call. And as he himself put it when the season ended, he will probably take all the time available to him to make a decision.
In the meantime, the KC Star compared Jontay’s stats to that of other star recruits who reclassified and entered college earlier than originally intended. The bar set by guys like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns is probably a wee bit too high for the younger Porter, but here are a couple of guys who posted stats more at Jontay’s level:
Wayne Selden, Kansas: Selden was another heralded Kansas recruit alongside Wiggins who also went from 2014 back to his original class of 2013. Selden started alongside Wiggins and averaged 9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Unlike a lot of players who reclassified, Selden ended up staying at Kansas for three seasons before leaving for the NBA.
Dakari Johnson, Kentucky: Add Johnson to the list of Kentucky big men to skip a year of high school. Johnson sat out a year at Montverde Academy in Florida after transferring and ended up playing one year there when he could have played two. Johnson was the backup to Julius Randle as a freshman on a team that went to the 2014 national title game despite being a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Johnson backed up Towns in the platoon system his sophomore year and averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, a slight improvement from his freshman year. He left Kentucky after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss to Wisconsin in 2015.
Neither of them had Jontay’s unicorn skill set, but both had up-and-down freshman seasons and finished as close as anyone to Jontay’s 9.9 PPG average. Johnson was a second round pick and is in his rookie season with Oklahoma City. He’s averaging about two points per game. Selden left after three years and was undrafted; he’s played in 32 games for Memphis this year.
If Jontay leaves, it’s probably because he got assurance that someone would take him late in the first round. (He’s a very Spursy type of player, isn’t he?) Otherwise, Towns (and to a lesser extent, Wiggins) aside, the KC Star’s list shows that it takes a while for a guy who’s young for college to catch up to the rest of the NBA. Even if he goes in the first round, he’d probably be stashed on the bench for a bit.
(If I were a team like the Spurs, though, I’d still be attracted as hell to his skill and upside.)
Yesterday at Rock M
- Brad Davis, mic’d up!
- PowerMizzou’s Matt Hamilton broke down film of Shamar Nash, Mizzou’s four-star receiver commit. The verdict (without spoiling too much): like Mizzou’s offense this year, he probably needs to show more than screens and deep balls.
- Mizzou Gymnastics qualified for NCAA regionals in Tuscaloosa after a stellar showing (points-wise, not place-wise) in the SEC championships. The Tigers will take on (gulp) Alabama and Georgia, among others. The top two teams will advance to nationals.
- Sophie Cunningham, honorable mention All-American.