Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will have back surgery Tuesday in Dallas and is now expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 college basketball season, school officials announced early Tuesday afternoon.
The procedure, according to Missouri, is a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal disks.
The expected recovery time is three to four months.
Porter was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports, and is widely considered to be a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 wing played two minutes in the season opener before leaving after experiencing discomfort. He missed Missouri's subsequent three games before meeting with a specialist on Monday.
The next game for Missouri (3-1) is Thursday vs. Long Beach State in the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando.
>>Wichita State Topples Marquette in Maui
The Wichita State Shockers locked down defenesively in the second half against Marquette on Tuesday, winning 80-66 to reach the title game of the Maui Invitational.
Landry Shamet scored 19 points and Connor Frankamp added 13. The Shockers (4-0) needed a big rally just to get to the semifinals after a slow start against California in its opener. They had no such trouble against Marquette (2-2).
Wichita State took control in the second half, holding sharpshooters Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey in check long enough to build a 10-point lead.
The Shockers shot 54 percent and had a 44-33 advantage in the paint to earn a spot in Wednesday's championship game against No. 13 Notre Dame.
Rowsey had 26 points and Howard 25 for the Golden Eagles, who were held to 10-of-33 shooting in the second half after a stellar first 20 minutes.
Wichita State faces No. 13 Notre Dame in Wednesday's title game.