Craig Porter Jr. returns to WSU due to new NIL Collective


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Craig Porter Jr. dribbles the ball up the court during the exhibition game on Nov. 1 inside Charles Koch Arena.

After two former Wichita State baseball players formed a Name Image and Likeness Collective called Armchair Strategies earlier today, junior guard Craig Porter Jr. announced he is removing his name from the transfer portal and returning to WSU for his final season of college basketball. Porter said in a social media post that his decision is directly tied to the new collective.

“Wichita, I’m back, thanks to Armchair Strategies, Wichita Sports Forum and Aegis Group,” Porter said. ” I want to thank them for being a great business partner and keeping me home!”

This is the second straight offseason that Porter has entered the portal and came back, after he did so following the 2020-21 season. Porter had a breakout year this past season, averaging 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season as the team’s starting point guard. Porter also tallied a team-high 91 assists.

The Terre Haute, Indiana native’s return leaves five scholarships available for next season. WSU has landed four commitments — Xavier Bell, Quincy Ballard, James Rojas and Jacob Wilson — as they continue to replace the nine departures from the roster this offseason.