MICHAEL PORTER JR.
MICHAEL PORTER JR. 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 5 PICK
Expectations were sky high for the Missouri Tigers this season. That is because Michael Porter Jr. committed to the Tigers after Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar was fired at the end of last season. Porter’s father was an assistant coach at Washington and followed his father to Missouri when he got hired as an assistant coach. It was to be a family affair as Michael’s younger brother, Jontay, reclassified early and enrolled at Missouri. It only took 2 minutes to change the fortune of Missouri’s season as well as Porter Jr.’s future.
Porter Jr. got hurt in his first college game. After 2 minutes, he was taken out as a precautionary measure. It ended up being way more serious than first thought. He ended up having back surgery and will miss the entire 2017-18 season. Since Porter Jr. won’t suit up this season, we have added snippets from our high school evalution of him. We have also added Pro’s and Con’s on his overall game.
Barring any setbacks from surgery, we still believe Porter Jr. will be a top 5 pick. When healthy, he has all the makings of a future NBA All-Star.
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PRO’S AND CON’S
Phenomenal scorer off the dribble
Prolific scorer/ Can score from all 3 levels
Very good rebounder
Very good athlete
High basketball IQ
Had great high school coach for senior year/ Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy
Injury concern/ back surgery/ will it linger into the future
Needs to get stronger
Necessary foot-speed to guard elite small forwards?
Can be a streaky shooter
Does he need a high volume of shots/ If he is a future number 1 option for an NBA team
SNIPPETS OF MICHAEL PORTER JR. HIGH SCHOOL SCOUTING REPORT
“It looks like to us that he has grown a few inches as he is now listed at 6’9″. His length size and overall skill-set makes him the best SF in the country and we compare him very favorably to Duke’s current freshmen Jayson Tatum. His size will make him a match-up nightmare at the college and then eventually NBA level.
However, it will be his impressive skills that gets him to where he wants to be. He can shoot it with range as he has a very smooth shooting stroke. He can get his shot off anytime he wants and wherever he wants due to his size and length. While evaluating him, he shows an impressive array of offensive moves, which are all very advanced for his age.
Porter Jr. shows off his athleticism during games as he often plays above the rim. He is just as good in transition as he is virtually unstoppable. To put it all in perspective, Porter Jr. is one of the best players we have covered in both the classes of 2016 and 2017.”
“When we write evaluations of high school prospects, we always write an in-depth analysis of the player. With Michael Porter Jr., he is the type of player we believe you just need to watch play. We could write all day on what this youngster can do on a basketball court. However, you need to see him to believe it. In our opinion, Porter Jr. will have an outstanding freshmen year at Washington. He will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and be a top 5 selection. He has as much potential and upside that we have seen in a non center in a few years. The sky is really the limit with him.”
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MICHAEL PORTER JR. (HIGH SCHOOL)
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