Potential Number One Pick Michael Porter Jr. Likely Done for the Season
For those NBA scouts who were hoping to get a good look at potential number one pick Michael Porter Jr. on the college level, they wake up today slightly disappointed.
It was reported that the Missouri freshman will more than likely miss the entire college season as he is set to undergo spinal surgery to treat a back injury which forced him out of the team’s line up just two minutes into his first college game. The smooth-shooting forward is the reigning high school player of the year and is ranked second among this year’s freshman’s class.
Missouri released the following in relations to Porter’s injury:
“Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Dallas, Texas. The procedure, a microdiscectomy of the L3 and L4 spinal discs, has a projected recovery time of three-four months and will likely cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Michael is expected to make a complete recovery, and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program wishes Michael the best during this process.
No further information is available at this time.”
While becoming the first overall pick in next year’s draft may now be in doubt, Porter should still remain a top pick as he now focuses on getting healthy and ready for hearing his name get called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
“I really appreciate the support of my family and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program as I begin this process,” said Porter Jr. “I’m thankful for all the kind words and 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.”
Other big names set to be high lottery picks in next year’s draft are Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Texas big man Mo Bamba.