Porter will finally play with his brother this March, and the pair have the potential to spur the Tigers into the Sweet 16 and beyond with strong play.
Though both are young and Michael is rusty, the versatility each provides is rarely seen at the college level. Both guys can pass, shoot and move, and each plays a position where that puts massive pressure on the defense. As we saw in the SEC tournament against Georgia, Porter’s potential as a pick-and-pop big is incredible. Not only can he make piles of shots from outside, but he sees the floor well from there as well, which allows Missouri to play an inside-out style.
We could see either brother as the ball-handler in a pick-and-roll with the other screening, a play that opened Michael up for a cut down the lane against Georgia.
Similarly, that potential exists if the Bulls were to pair Porter with big man Lauri Markkanen, a scorer with massive potential in his own right. Markkanen’s biggest surprise this season has been his fluidity and ball-handling, as he’s already showing the ability to be the No. 1 option offensively. That means a complementary piece like Porter makes even more sense this late in the draft.