Jontay Porter will return to Mizzou

Missouri's Jontay Porter, left, shoots over Georgia's Yante Maten during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won 68-56. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA -- Missouri Basketball will lose only one Porter this offseason.

Jontay Porter has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Mizzou for his sophomore season. The school made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

“We are excited that Jontay will return,” Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He had a great experience going through the pre-Draft process, got the feedback that he needed to do what is best for him and he will learn from it to improve in all areas of his game. Jontay has the potential to make a big jump from his freshman season and he’ll be a great leader for us on and off the court next year.”

Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his freshman season at Missouri. His scoring average jumped to 11.5 points in SEC play. Porter also set a Mizzou freshman record with 55 blocked shots.

Porter was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and earned SEC Co-Sixth Man of the Year honors.

Michael Porter, Jr., Jontay's older brother, announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft in March. Michael later signed with an agent, closing the door on a possible return to Mizzou. He's expected to be a high first-round pick.

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