Jontay Porter could have been a late first-rounder after reclassifying to join Missouri for his brother Michael's only season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri forward Jontay Porter has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his sophomore season.
The school announced Porter's decision on Wednesday, the final day the 6'11" forward could remove his name from the draft and return to the Tigers for next season. Porter followed the lead of his brother, Michael Porter Jr., in declaring for the draft last month, but he didn't hire an agent.
Jontay Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a freshman for Missouri, doing so after reclassifying his prep eligibility and skipping his senior year of high school so he could join his brother with the Tigers. He earned SEC Co-Sixth Man of the Year honors and was named to the league's all-freshman team.
The 18-year-old took part in the NBA's draft combine two weeks ago and was projected to be taken late in the first round or early in the second.
Michael Porter Jr., a 6'10" forward, hired an agent and will not return to school. He missed nearly the entire season with a back injury and returned for the SEC tournament. He had 16 points in 28 minutes in a first-round loss to Florida State in the NCAA tournament.