Michael Porter Jr. could miss the remainder of his freshman season.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Missouri basketball phenom is expected to miss at least three to four months after undergoing back surgery.
“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. Our focus has been on Michael’s well-being, just like every other player in our locker room,” Tigers head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement.
“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 suffered the injury within minutes of the season-opener against Iowa State.
Porter added, “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.”
The Tigers are currently 3-1 on the season.
Unfortunately, Porter, who is a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, may not be returning to the court this season, essentially ending his college career.