"I played against all these guys, they're all great players, but I'm the best player in this draft," Porter said at the 2018 NBA Scouting Combine on Thursday, via ESPN's Nick Friedell. "And I just can't wait to show what I'm capable of."
For those who aren't buying what he's selling, the 19-year-old believes it's only a matter of time before the world notices, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: "Everyone will realize that soon."
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee posted a video of the interview:
Michael Porter Jr. says everyone will know “soon” he is the best player in the draft pic.twitter.com/kVb1iShJPu— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) May 18, 2018
Per 247Sports, Porter was a 5-star prospect and the No. 2 overall recruit coming out of high school in 2017. However, his freshman season did not go as planned.
He was injured just two minutes into his Mizzou career, resulting in spinal surgery that would sideline him for nearly four months. Despite the expectation that he would miss the rest of the season, the 6'10", 215-pound forward made his way back onto the court for postseason play.
Porter averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the two NCAA tournament games. He struggled shooting the ball while getting thrown into the middle of the March Madness fire, hitting just 31 percent of his shots from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.
Unfortunately for him, he had a limited amount of time to show fans and scouts what he could do. Mizzou was eliminated from the SEC tournament by Georgia in his return and went one-and-done in the 2018 NCAA tournament with a loss to Florida State.
Now, the Missouri native will have to prove that he is healthy and can be the player everyone thought he would be coming out of high school in Seattle.
Before last season, Porter was largely viewed as the favorite to be the top overall pick in June's draft. However, his injury and the emergence of Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic has changed the landscape—but he's still as confident in his game as ever.