Missouri Tigers forward Jontay Porter (11) defends against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Trent Frazier

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Jontay Porter Among Worst Performers In NBA Draft Combine Athleticism Tests

One NBA Draft blog listed Jontay Porter among the "losers" of the combine.

May 29, 2018 - 12:53 pm

Jontay Porter now has just one day until he has to declare for the NBA Draft or decide that he is coming back to Missouri. His decision might have been swayed more towards returning to college basketball after this weekends NBA Draft Combine Athleticism Testing. 

He was among the 50-plus NBA prospects who participated in the drills, designed to grade a players athleticism – but his results put him among the bottom of the list.  NBADraft.net listed him as a "loser" of the combine: 

"While his reaction time was quite high here, everything else kind of stood out as to why teams might be a tad apprehensive in his translation to the NBA. Will he be able to defend in space? Will his lack of pop make it difficult for him to finish close to the basket? These were concerns surrounding Jontay as a prospect and were magnified by his combine results."

Here are some of Porter's results

Standing Vertical: 25.5 inches (tied for third-worst)

Max Vertical: 31 inches (tied for last)

Lane agility: 11.9 seconds (sixth worst)

Shuttle run: 3.09 seconds (tied for 12th best)

Related post: Is There Any Reason For The Porters To Come Back To Mizzou?

Earlier this month, the 18-year-old chose not to participate in the five-on-five scrimmages, which isn't all that odd for project first-round picks. But from the outside looking in, he hasn't made a very good case for himself to NBA scouts (besides his 10 points and seven rebounds he averaged for the Tigers this season).

All players still with college eligibility have to decided by Wednesday, if they will be returning to school or heading to pro ball, per NCAA rules.

Porter's father, Michael Porter Sr. told the Kansas City Star earlier this month that they will need a first-round guarantee from an NBA team for Jontay Porter to not return to Mizzou. He says NBA teams have told them to expect Jontay Porter to be drafted "anywhere from 12 to early second round."

Next months' NBA Draft could be a huge night for the Porter family, as Jontay's older brother Michael Porter Jr. is still expected to be a top-10, possibly top-5 draft pick.