Back surgery likely will sideline Mizzou's Porter Jr. for the season

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2017

The projected top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft is out for the season. Those mean a lot to me. The procedure, which is a microdiscetomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, will be conducted in Dallas. We're preparing now for a trip that is a tremendous opportunity.

Porter has only played two minutes this season, and reportedly suffered the injury during warmups of the team's season opener. Martin and team spokesmen have not disclosed any specific diagnosis from the team's medical staff. Not all back injuries are the same, obviously, but the fact that Porter is so young will likely help his chances of coming back at full strength.

Porter averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game as a senior in high school in Washington, and he was a McDonald's All-American after signing with Missouri. At the time, a team spokesperson said it was easier for Porter to watch the game lying down in the locker room rather than sitting. 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.

The Tigers were scheduled to fly Tuesday to Orlando, Fla., for the Advocare Invitational, where they begin play Thursday against Long Beach State.

Missouri will likely finish the season without the younger Porter after it was announced Tuesday afternoon the No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class would undergo back surgery that day.

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