Okwuegbunam named preseason All-American

The Missouri football team’s Albert Okwuegbunam was named a preseason second team All-American by the Sporting News on Wednesday.

The redshirt junior has been listed among the top tight ends in the nation after posting solid numbers through the first nine games of the Tigers’ 2018 season. An injury suffered during a 38-17 win at Florida ultimately cost Okwuegbunam the last four games of the season, potentially causing him to return to Missouri to prove his ability to play as well as his ability to stay healthy.

Sporting News ranked Okwuegbunam second at tight end behind Vanderbilt’s Jared Pinkney.

Porter Jr. to make Summer League debut

Michael Porter Jr. will get his first taste of professional basketball in the 2019 NBA Summer League when the Denver Nuggets face the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Porter Jr. hasn’t played a meaningful basketball game since March 2018 and hasn’t played a meaningful game while fully healthy since well before then.

He missed a majority of his freshman season at Missouri and the entire 2018-19 season with the Nuggets while recovering from a back injury.

The concerns surrounding his health led to him falling all the way to Denver with the 14th pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

But after over a year on the sidelines, Porter Jr. will finally make his much anticipated pro debut.

The Nuggets also have games scheduled against the Orlando Magic (July 7), the Boston Celtics (July 9) and the Golden State Warriors (July 10).

Missouri picked to finish 4th in SEC

The Missouri volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the Southeastern Conference, according the SEC preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday.

The Tigers received 113 points in the poll, behind Kentucky (143), Florida (132) and Tennessee (118). Kylie Deberg was the sole Missouri player named to the preseason All-SEC team, one of 10 players to receive the honor.

— Missourian staff

  • A summer 2019 assistant sports editor for the Columbia Missourian, Ryan is from Elk Grove Village, IL. He is a senior studying sports journalism and secondary education at the University of Missouri.

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