Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will undergo back surgery on Tuesday and likely miss the remainder of the season, the school announced.
Porter will undergo a microdiscectomy procedure of the L3-L4 spinal discs that is projected to sideline him for the next three to four months and will likely cause him to miss the remainder of the year.
The school did not say when the injury occurred, but it was previously reported that he suffered a hip injury during warmups prior to the season opener against Iowa State on November 10. He played in just two minutes during that game and has not played since.
Porter saw a specialist for the injury on Monday and it was later determined that he would require surgery. He was widely considered to be a high draft pick in next year’s NBA draft and was expected to help Missouri become a contender this season in college basketball.
It’s unclear if Porter has a history of back problems, but he has previously missed the Jordan Brand Classic with back soreness. NBA teams will surely be monitoring his progress this season and will understandably do extensive health tests and physicals on Porter ahead of the draft next year. However, it sounds like he will still likely be a top-five overall pick.
Hopefully Porter will be able to make a full recovery and still proceed with playing in the NBA as a high draft pick.