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Michael Porter Jr. to Have Surgery; Will Likely Miss Remainder of Season

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University of Missouri freshman forward and likely top-five pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season after he undergoes surgery on Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, the school announced Tuesday in a press release.

“I really appreciate the support of my family and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program as I begin this process,” said Porter Tuesday. “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.”

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. Porter is expected to make a complete recovery.

“Our top priority as a program is the well-being of our student-athletes, so Michael beginning this process to be 100 percent healthy is important to all of us,” said Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin. “Our focus has been on Michael’s well-being, just like every other player in our locker room. We will continue to work every day to build Mizzou Basketball into a program to be proud of. We’re preparing now for a trip that is a tremendous opportunity. I’m excited to get after it in Orlando.”

Before the announcement, Porter had missed Missouri’s last three games with a back injury. As a recruit, Porter was ranked as the No. 2 player in the Class of 2017 per 247Sports and is projected to likely be a top-five pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Despite the speculation that Porter will go “One-and-Done”, he told reporters in October at SEC Media Day that he may stay multiple years.

“He will come back but it’s 50-50 as to the level of his return whether he’ll be the same as he was pre-injury,” New York Chiropractor, Dr. Craig Fishel told Adam Zagoria on Tuesday. “That is most likely not going to happen, probably 90% of himself and subject to re-injury and residual problems ongoing.”

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