Mizzou: Michael Porter, Jr. likely out for the year

Michael Porter, Jr. (File)

Mizzou Basketball released the following update to the health of its star freshman Michael Porter, Jr.

He is likely out for the year.

Mizzou Basketball released the following statement on the injury status of Porter, Jr.

"Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Dallas, Texas. The procedure, a microdiscectomy of the L3-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, Jr. released a statement Tuesday:

“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.”

Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin released the following statement:

“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. 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.”

Porter, Jr. started in the Tigers' home opener against Iowa State, but only played two minutes, scoring two points. At halftime, a spokesperson said he had tweaked his hip in pregame. It was the only two minutes of action he has seen this year.

Porter Jr. began his high school basketball career at Tolton High School in Columbia. He led the Trailblazers to the Class 3 state title in 2016. This season he led Seattle's Nathan Hale High School to a 29-0 record and the Class 3A state title in Washington.

He was named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year on Wednesday after averaging better than 36 points and 13 rebounds per game for Nathan Hale.

Porter Jr. announced March 24 that he would play for Missouri in 2017-18, after the University of Washington had granted his release following former head coach Lorenzo Romar's firing. The announcement came one day after his father, Michael Porter Sr., accepted a job on Cuonzo Martin's staff at Mizzou.

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