Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry will travel to Chicago on Friday to meet with Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., a league source told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. is expected to meet in Chicago with all of the top teams in the draft lottery, the league source said. He held his Pro Day last Friday in Chicago, and Knicks scouts Walker Russell and Fred Cofield attended, per a league source.
Porter Jr. missed most of his only season at Missouri after having microdiscectomy surgery of the L3-L4 spinal discs in November, but he could turn out to be one of the best pros in this Draft.
Porter Jr. was a phenomenal scorer in high school, winning the prestigious Peach Jam title in the summer of 2016 with teammate Trae Young, a fellow projected Top 10 pick who has also worked out for the Knicks. Their Mokan Elite team beat a PSA Cardinals team that featured fellow lottery pick Mohamed Bamba of Harlem.
For all the talk of Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Bamba, Porter Jr. says he'll be the best player in this Draft. He's currently projected at No. 8 to Cleveland via ESPN.com.
If he's still there at No. 9, the Knicks could get a steal.
"I'm the best player in this draft," he told reporters at the Combine.
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He met at the Combine with 13 teams, including the Knicks.
"It'd be awesome [to play for the Knicks]," he said, per the Daily News. "I kind of asked them a couple questions: Where do you live in New York? Do you own a car?
"And they said a couple of guys live outside the city by the practice facility. So it was a great meeting."
The Knicks are looking for a wing player and this week hosted Villanova's Mikal Bridges, Michigan State Miles Bridges and Kentucky's Kevin Knox for workouts, along with Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, whom ESPN projects the Knicks taking.
During an interview in 2017, Porter Jr. said he embraces comparisons to Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, the MVP of the NBA Finals.
"Yeah, I do, too," he said of hearing the comparisons. "Recently, it's been more like Tracy McGrady back in the day. I've gotten that a lot. Paul George sometimes. But KD's always in there. Just the bigger wings. I like to say I have my own game, but yeah. Kind of like Brandon but more explosive, so it's kind of like an in-between thing. I wouldn't like to label myself as one player, like KD or like Tracy McGrady, but those are some comparisons."
Brandon would be former Nathan Hale coach Brandon Roy, the three-time NBA All-Star who last played in 2013 and coached Porter Jr. for his senior year.
"He's by far better than I was, and in so many areas," Roy said. "He shoots it like a pro already. He can handle it. His work ethic is ridiculous. I have to tell him sometimes, 'Hey, Mike, resting is a skill, too. You gotta know when to go, when to save it.' He's lifting weights two days a week, he's really regimented."
He added: "I think he's gonna be like an NBA superstar. I think he's going to be the face of the NBA. I know it's big shoes and it's early, but I think he's going to be like that Kevin Durant, that Steph Curry, that James Harden."
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