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.