News broke today that Missouri stand-out forward and the DuoDraft number three prospect Michael Porter Jr. will undergo season ending back surgery.
The surgery is for a correction of his L3-L4 spinal disks, and the school has said his projected recovery time is three to four months.
Obviously, this a devastating blow on a number of levels. Porter will miss his freshman season, which will likely either hurt his draft stock in this year’s class or cause him to stay at Missouri for another year. For the university, it most likely eliminates their chances at making a NCAA tournament run (most wins in a season over the last two years is 10), although they are 3-1, so maybe that’s not true if they continue to play as well as they have so far. For NBA teams, it causes a lot of questions around the top of the draft. Will Porter Jr. stay in school? If he declares, do you take him, or pick a safer option like DeAndre Ayton or Marvin Bagley III? How far could he potentially fall if he doesn’t play?
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, but it is very unfortunate news for one of this years top prospects to say the least.