Mizzou’s star forward is heading to the Mile High City.
The Denver Nuggets selected Michael Porter, Jr. with the 14th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft Thursday night. He is the first Tiger selected since Jordan Clarkson was taken with the 46th overall pick in 2014, and the first first-round pick for the Tigers since DeMarre Carroll in 2009.
A former Father Tolton Catholic Trailblazer player, Porter, Jr. is the first athlete who attended the school to be drafted by a major North American professional league. At one point, he was the consensus top draft pick in his class, but concerns about a back injury that required surgery late in 2017 hurt his draft stock.
Porter, Jr. is just the ninth University of Missouri player to be selected with a top-15 pick in the NBA Draft.
He is the second Mizzou player selected outright by Denver, joining Prince Bridges (1984, 104th pick)… but not the most recent Tiger who ended up with the Nuggets on draft night. The rights to Linas Kleiza were traded by Portland to Denver in 2005.