Michael Porter Jr. knows all about how Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz could go back-to-back as No. 1 picks in the NBA Draft who also had the distinction of failing to play in the NCAA Tournament. And Porter Jr. doesn’t want to become the third straight player to follow that path. “I’m not looking to do that, I’m looking to be my own person,” the 6-foot-10 Missouri commit said here this week at the Jordan Brand Classic, which he was forced to miss due to a sore back. “And I know how Markelle and Ben Simmons did but [at] Mizzou we got pieces. We got players coming back that have been through it and if we get these freshmen, I think we’ll really get it rolling and surprise a ton of people.” The 6-10 Simmons, of course, was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft after failing to make any postseason tournament at LSU. The 6-5 Fultz could become the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft after playing for a Washington team that missed the postseason and got coach Lorenzo Romar fired. Of course, Simmons still got paid a base salary of approximately $5 million for three years, and Fultz figures to do the same. Still, Porter Jr., who has been compared to Kevin Durant, Paul George and Tracy McGrady, wants to do more than just get paid a year from now. He wants to win next season, which will almost certainly be his only one in college. He played for a Nathan Hale (WA) team this season that finished 29-0 and was ranked atop the USA TODAY Sports’ Super 25. “I care about individual success a lot but team is more what I’m worried about,” Porter Jr. said. “I want to win in college. I’ve always hated losing so that’s what I’m worried about.” If you’re a Missouri fan, that should be music to your ears. The Tigers are coming off a season in which they finished dead last in the SEC at 10-21, 3-15 in the league, and got coach Kim Anderson fired.
Porter Jr. not looking to mirror Fultz, Simmons: 'I want to win in college'
Fanrag Sports | Apr 15