Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. was expected to be one of the best freshmen in the country last season. Instead, he missed virtually the entire year due to a back injury, which required surgery on two spinal discs.
He played in a private preseason scrimmage for charity against Kansas, but went down just two minutes into the season opener against Iowa State. He returned at the very end of the year to play in the SEC Tournament against Georgia and then the NCAA Tournament first round game against Florida State, both Mizzou losses.
Now, Porter’s injury issues are rearing their ugly head again. He had to cancel a pro day scheduled for Friday in Chicago. According to ESPN, it was his hip this time:
Former Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. canceled his second pro day in Chicago on Friday because of a strained hip, sources told ESPN. Porter couldn’t get out of bed because of muscle spasms, according to the report.
Former Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. canceled his second pro day in Chicago on Friday because of a strained hip, sources told ESPN. Porter couldn’t get out of bed because of muscle spasms, according to the sources.
Rescheduling appears to be a possibility depending on how he responds to treatment over the next few days, but there’s no guarantee that occurs with the draft only a week away. Some teams will still send representatives to meet with Porter in Chicago on Friday, according to sources.
Michael Porter Jr. was once thought of as a potential top two pick, but now he could fall into the back-end of the lottery.
Porter was examined by the Chicago Bulls doctors during the draft process, the results of which are “encouraging,” per the report. However, back injuries are always scary for high-level athletes.
Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Shams Charania reports that Porter is now feeling better, and could try and reschedule the workout.
Teams have been informed that Michael Porter Jr. is feeling better and MRI returned clean, with "positive review," league sources told Yahoo. Workout assessment could be rescheduled on Friday, sources said, but decision likely comes later today. https://t.co/bUkiFyQMkq
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 14, 2018
Hopefully for his sake, he can impressive some teams over the next few days. The NBA Draft will be held one week from today.