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Mizzou phenom Porter Jr. to have back surgery, likely out for season

University of Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr. is expected to miss the rest of the season, with the university announcing the Columbia native is scheduled to undergo surgery for a back injury.

Porter is scheduled to have a microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal disks, with recovery time expected to be 3 to 4 months.

The 6-foot-10 product played two minutes in Mizzou’s season opener against the Iowa State Cyclones, before suffering what appeared to be a hip injury, missing the rest of the game against ISU and the three games thereafter.

ESPN’s Top 100 has Porter ranked #2 in the Class of 2017, behind only Duke University’s Marvin Bagley.  Without Porter, Mizzou is 3-1, including a road loss to Utah and a less-than-impressive five point victory over Division Two Emporia State on Monday night.