Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr. will have back surgery and he is likely to miss the remainder of the season, the school announced on Tuesday. Missouri said Porter will have a microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal disks. The school said the projected recovery time is three-four months. "I really appreciate the support of my family & program as I begin this process," Porter said in a statement. "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 6-foot-10 Porter appeared to injure his hip two minutes into the season opener on Nov. 10 against Iowa State. He has missed three consecutive games. Porter, who wound up being ranked No. 2 in ESPN's Top 100 after Duke's Marvin Bagley III reclassified into the Class of 2017, is considered a high lottery pick by NBA executives. ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman...


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