Mizzou hoops fans’ fears were realized Tuesday, as the school announced prized recruit Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss the remainder of the season to undergo back surgery.
“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. “Our focus has been on Michael’s well-being, just like every other player in our locker room.”
Porter played under two minutes of Mizzou’s season opener against Iowa State before complaining of leg pain and subsequently sat out the following three games with little word from the school on what was happening. Speculation took off from there.
The five-star freshman saw a specialist Monday, with the ultimate verdict being surgery and what could wind up being a very short collegiate career given Porter’s expected high NBA draft stock.
Statement from #MPJr:
“I really appreciate the support of my family & program as I begin this process. I’m thankful for the kind words & messages I’ve received from fans. Those mean a lot to me. I cannot wait to be completely healthy and playing the game I love, once again.”
— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) November 21, 2017
It’s a little early to begin speculating on Porter’s hoops future, but if Tigers fans have any hope it likely lies in the fact his brother Jontay left high school early to play with his brother under their father and Cuonzo Martin assistant, Michael Porter Sr.
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