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Missouri Tigers ahead Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots over Iowa State Cyclones ahead Jeff Beverly (55) within the first half at Mizzou Arena.(Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)

Missouri ahead Michael Porter Jr., one of many prime incoming freshman in school basketball, was scheduled to have again surgical procedure Tuesday and can probably miss the remainder of the season, the varsity introduced.

The college stated in a press release Porter would have surgical procedure — particularly “a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs” — in Dallas. The process usually has a restoration time of three to 4 months.

Statement from #Mizzou:

Michael Porter, Jr. will bear surgical procedure on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Dallas, Texas. The process, a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, has a projected restoration time of three-four months and can probably trigger him to overlook the rest of the season.

— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) November 21, 2017

“I really appreciate the support of my family and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program as I begin this process,” Porter stated in a press release. “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.”

Porter, a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American, entered the season as some of the ballyhooed freshmen within the nation and a probable lottery decide in subsequent summer time’s NBA draft. But given Tuesday’s information, his school profession could be over after simply two minutes of motion.

A USA TODAY Sports preseason first-team All-American, Porter barely performed within the Tigers’ season-opener in opposition to Iowa State earlier this month, making his solely shot try and recording two rebounds. He spent the remainder of that sport, which Missouri received 74-59, on the bench with what a crew spokesperson described as a hip harm.

More than every week of hypothesis adopted, fueled by Missouri’s obscure solutions to questions on his harm and the timetable for his return.

After the Tigers’ second sport of the season in opposition to Wagner, coach Cuonzo Martin stated Porter was nursing a leg harm and watched the sport from the locker room.

“I don’t know how serious it is,” Martin informed reporters, in response to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s laborious for me to say that. But I feel it’s day after day. That’s the very best evaluation for me to say proper now: It’s day after day.”

Then, three days later, Missouri spokesperson Patrick Crawford informed CBS Sports that Porter didn’t journey with the crew for its street sport in opposition to Utah.

It seems the difficulty was neither Porter’s hip nor leg, and it’ll maintain him sidelined longer than Missouri followers hoped.

“Our prime precedence as a program is the well-being of our student-athletes, so Michael starting this course of to be 100 % wholesome is vital to all of us,” Martin said in a statement. “Our focus has been on Michael’s well-being, identical to each different participant in our locker room. We will proceed to work day by day to construct Mizzou Basketball right into a program to be pleased with.”

Porter’s father, who shares his title, was employed as an badistant coach at Missouri previous to the season. His brother, Jontay, reclbadified to have the ability to play alongside Porter Jr. this season, one among a number of gamers who enrolled at Missouri for the chance to play with the potential first-round NBA draft decide.

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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