Top NBA Prospect Michael Porter Jr. To Miss Rest Of NCAA Season

Doug Mendoza
November 22, 2017

The University of Missouri announced that Porter is scheduled to have back surgery and will likely miss the remainder of the season. He has missed the team's last three games due to the injury.

Porter has only played two minutes this season, and reportedly suffered the injury during warmups of the team's season opener.

Missouri will be without top freshman Michael Porter Jr. for the third straight game when the Tigers play Emporia State, a Division II school, at 7 Monday night. The school said Tuesday that he will undergo surgery in Dallas, and his expected recovery time is three to four months.

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"Our top priority as a program is the well-being of our student-athletes, so Michael beginning this process to be 100% healthy is important to all of us", Tigers head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement. "Michael is expected to make a complete recovery, and the Mizzou Men's Basketball program wishes Michael the best during this process". We're preparing now for a trip that is a tremendous opportunity. Porter Jr. had stated back in July that he may not go the one-and-done route, which may have to be the preferred route to get a collegiate season under his belt to work his way back to form before jumping to the National Basketball Association. Those mean a lot to me.

Porter Jr.is coming off an impressive senior year at Nathan Hale that included earning the Gatorade Player of the Year for boys basketball, averaging 36.2 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.

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