Mizzou Tigers Jontay Porter and Michael Porter Jr.

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Porter Brothers Could Make 2018 NBA Draft A Historic One For Mizzou

It would be a first for Mizzou since Steve Stipanovich and Jon Sundvold were selected in the 1983 draft.

May 10, 2018 - 10:50 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Missouri Tigers haven't had two players selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft in more than three decades, but it could happen again this June. Brothers Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter could be the first Mizzou combo to go the in first round since Steve Stipanovich and Jon Sundvold went Nos. 2 and 16 overall in the 1983 NBA Draft. 

The Porter's took Mizzou to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years. Michael Porter Jr., although he played in just a handful of games for the Tigers, has been viewed as a top-five selection in this year's draft since his senior year of high school basketball. But Jontay Porter, who skipped his last year of prep ball to reclassify as a college freshman, has become a surprise top-25 pick in most NBA mock drafts. 

If the so-called experts are correct, they would be the first brother combo to be drafted in the same year since Marcus and Markieff Morris of Kansas were back-to-back choices in the first round in 2011. 

But Jontay Porter hasn't fully declared for this year's draft. He decided to test the waters of professional basketball and could participate in the NBA combine on May 16th through the 20th in Chicago. He is still eligible to return to Mizzou, but must make that decision by the end of May. 

On KMOX's Sports Open Line Wednesday, our Chris Hrabe was joined by Peter Edmiston of Sports 56 WHBQ in Memphis. The Memphis Grizzlies have the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft and are unlikely to get either Porter brother – unless Jontay Porter slips to them in the early second round at No. 32. 

Edmiston had high praise of the 6-11 forward, who won't even turn 19 until this November. 

You can hear the full conversation between Edmiston and Hrabe, below. They talk about Jontay Porter at the 31:00 mark:

They also discuss the NBA playoffs, and St. Louis native and Celtics star Jayson Tatum.