This is terrible news not just for the NCAA, but the NBA as well.
Coming into this season, all eyes were poised to be on freshmen Marvin Bagley from Duke, and Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri, firmly locked in a race to be the NBA's top pick.
While Bagley has shined with Duke, Porter Jr. suffered injuries to his back and hip just two minutes into his collegiate career.
Now it turns out that the star freshman and projected top pick in the NBA Draft will miss the remainder of the season due to spinal disc surgery. Out of nowhere.
Breaking: Missouri announces No. 1 overall recruit Michael Porter Jr. will miss remainder of season with spinal disc surgery pic.twitter.com/kWMHsHknY4— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 21, 2017
What awful news for Missouri, a slumbering program expected to make some noise behind the nation's top high school prospect.
In Porter Jr's first game, he recorded two points and two rebounds before being sidelined. His mix of athleticism and shooting had NBA scouts salivating, but with this recent news, perhaps that might change.
The University of Missouri released a solemn statement about their star player's recovery process.
Statement from #Mizzou:— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) November 21, 2017
Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 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.
Even though his collegiate career will only consist of two total minutes, Porter Jr. can still choose to enter the draft. Teams in desperate need of star power will still take a chance on the talented forward.
For now, we wish a speedy recovery to Michael Porter Jr. College basketball just took a major hit.