Missouri superstar freshman Michael Porter Jr., who had back surgery last week and was ruled out for the season, hinted on Instagram that he could return this year.
The 6-10 forward underwent a “microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs” spinal back procedure last Tuesday and the university announced that recovery time from the surgery would be three-to-four months, ending his season.
But Porter disputed this on Instagram stating, “Just letting y’all know whoever said it was gonna take 3-4 months to recover lied.”
A possible early return by Porter, ESPN’s No. 2 player in the 2017 high school class who was expected to go No. 1 or No. 2 in the 2018 NBA Draft, would be an incredible lift for the Tigers.
“The potential return of Porter would be a significant boost for a Missouri team that is off to a solid 5-1 record in the 2017-18 campaign,” wrote the Bleacher Report’s Scott Polacek. “The Tigers haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since the 2012-13 season, and Porter’s presence on the roster was one reason for optimism the streak would end.”
Porter averaged a whopping 36.4 points and 13.5 rebounds for Nathan Hale High School (Seattle) last year, leading the team to an undefeated season and the Washington state 3A championship.
The previous season as a junior, Porter averaged 28.5 points as a junior at Father Tolton Catholic (Columbia, MO).
Porter’s dad had moved the family from Missouri to the northwest two summers ago after taking an assistant coaching job at Washington.
Porter, who decommitted from Washington after coach Lorenzo Romar’s firing, committed to Mizzou after his father Michael Porter Sr. accepted an assistant job at the school this summer under new Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin.
Porter, Jr. also averaged 22.8 points and 10.9 rebounds in the Nike EYBL in 2016, leading Mokan Elite to the Peach Jam title alongside No. 23 2017 HS recruit Trae Young (Oklahoma).
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