If doctors clear Michael Porter Jr. to return before the end of this season, the highly touted Missouri freshman says he intends to play.
Porter told reporters in Columbia on Friday that he is not worried about damaging his NBA draft stock by either showing rust or aggravating his back injury. The future lottery pick’s only concern is whether he can help Missouri return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.
“If I could play today, I would play today,” Porter said. “I’m not worried about reinjury. I’m not really worried about the risk. What I’m worried about is if it’s good for our team if I come back. If it’s tournament time and they said I’m ready to go, is that the best thing for our team? We’re doing really well right now, and I think people lose sight of that.”
Porter Jr. has not played for Missouri since the opening two minutes of its season opener against Iowa State on Nov. 10. He underwent back surgery to repair damage to the L3-L4 spinal discs, a procedure that has a projected recovery time of 3 to 4 months.
Source: Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports
Report: Robert Williams to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft
Texas A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams is turning pro.
Williams announced his decision to enter the NBA draft and bypass his final two seasons of eligibility after the seventh-seeded Aggies lost to third-seeded Michigan 99-72 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.
“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about – the next step,” said Williams, who scored 12 points and added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his final game with the Aggies.
Williams, 19 years old and listed at 6-10, will finish the semester at Texas A&M before pursuing his dream of playing in the NBA.
“It’s just a blessing,” Williams said as he stood in a locker room in the bowels of the Staples Center, home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. “Every kid dreams of going pro in a sport they love.
Sources: Kostas Antetokounmpo to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft
Dayton redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo will declare for the 2018 NBA draft, according to a source close to the situation.
Antetokounmpo will be “testing the waters” in order to gauge his standing with NBA teams before deciding on his next move.
A 6-foot-10 power forward who was forced to sit out his first year in college as a nonqualifier, Antetokounmpo, 20, played just 15 minutes per game this season. He will not be requesting a transfer from Dayton, according to the source.
Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN
Report: Deandre Ayton Officially Declares for 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan 🙏🏾 Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft #BullySeason #242toTheWorld pic.twitter.com/6f9igjMrU8
— Deandre Ayton (@DeandreAyton) March 21, 2018
Source: Deandre Ayton on Twitter