Michael Porter Jr. signs with Puma, joining Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III

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Michael Porter Jr. ‘feeling great,’ said injuries ‘got exaggerated a lot’ ahead of NBA draft

With the basketball world already buzzing over Puma’s projected NBA lottery pick pounce, Michael Porter Jr. joined in on the fun.

The 6-foot-11 forward signed a multi-year shoe deal with the brand ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Nick DePaula. The news surfaced Wednesday.

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Puma re-entered the basketball landscape this year after a 20 year absence. Not only has its brand relaunch consisted of a lifetime deal with former endorsee Walt “Clyde” Frazier, but it also signed projected NBA first-rounders Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton and Zhaire Smith.

Not to mention, Puma also announced Jay-Z as its creative director.

Porter, who Yahoo Sports projects at No. 7 to the Chicago Bulls, played a mere 53 minutes last year at Missouri. The 19-year-old underwent microdiscectomy surgery, which forced him to sit for three months.

Like Bagley, who played grassroots basketball with Nike on the AAU circuit as well as in college at Duke University, Porter played with Nike in AAU and at Missouri.

Porter is one of the biggest question marks ahead of Thursday night’s draft. Even last week, Yahoo Sports reported Porter had spasms in his hip, forcing him to cancel a scheduled workout that was ultimately re-scheduled.

Ultimately, time will tell whether or not Rivals.com’s No. 1 player in the 2017 class will live up to the hype.

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