The University of Missouri finally broke it’s silence on the Michael Porter Jr. injury situation Tuesday afternoon.
“Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo surgery on Tuesday November 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.” was tweeted out by the official @MizzouHoops account for the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball team. “Michael is expected to make a complete recovery, and the Mizzou Men’s basketball program wishes Michael the best during this process.”
Porter Jr. also released a statement Tuesday “I really appreciate the support of my family and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program as I begin this process. 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 Jr. had been projected to be the No.1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft before his injury, but Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported “Multiple GM’s have told me that, as long as Michael Porter Jr.’s back checks out come June, still likely a top 5 overall pick.” Porter could be the third consecutive No. 1 overall pick to not play in NCAA Tourney – following 2016 No. 1 Ben Simmons and 2017 No. 1 Markelle Fultz.