Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
Michael Porter Jr.
2016-2017 Stats: None (Freshman)
Why They Are Here
Michael Porter Jr. is not only one of the best Freshmen, but could very well likely be the best player in college basketball this year (For what it’s worth I had him at #1 in my personal ranking). Sporting a 7’0” wingspan to go with his 6’10” height, Porter will be a force to be reckoned with this year on the wing for Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri squad. Porter was ranked as the #1 player on 247’s Composite Rankings before Marvin Bagley reclassified in the middle of the summer, and is all but certain to be a top pick in next year’s draft.
Role on This Year’s Team
Porter will be the do-it-all superstar for a Missouri team that doesn’t return much talent from last year’s team especially in the frontcourt, but whose recruiting class is one of the best in the nation. Not only is he fluid in transition, but he’s able to create in the half-court and knock down the three ball. He doesn’t have the physicality you would expect from a guy with his size though, so it will be interesting to see what kind of looks he gets defensively against top teams like Kentucky and Florida in the SEC. Even with other top recruits Jeremiah Tilmon and his brother Jontay Porter also joining him in Columbia, Michael will be the go-to guy from the opening tip of the season.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Michael Porter will only be in college for one season, so enjoy him in the college ranks while it lasts. I have been high on Porter and Missouri, and I think that if the team develops around him well you could see a Missouri team that nobody would be comfortable playing in March. At this point the #1 pick in the 2018 draft is currently a three horse race between himself, Luka Doncic, and Marvin Bagley, so his development during the year could be vital to separating himself from his competition. Whatever team ends up with Porter will be getting a guy that your team could build around for years to come.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.