For the second straight season, Missouri will lose their best player on the court, and the SEC will lose one of its most talented players.
Jontay Porter, brother of former Mizzou player and first-round lottery pick Michael Porter Jr, tore both his ACL and MCL in his right knee, it was announced on Sunday.
Full release from #Mizzou pic.twitter.com/2DMQY73AhK— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 21, 2018
Missouri sophomore forward Jontay Porter will miss the season with torn ACL & MCL in his right knee. Team plans to announce shortly.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 21, 2018
Porter decided to come back to Missouri for his sophomore season after withdrawing his name from the 2018 NBA Draft.
To make matters worse, Porter was injured during a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois, of all teams.
While Mizzou was not expected to be a top-tier team in the SEC this season, this certainly does not do them any favors of earning a second straight NCAA Tournament bid. Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.
Prayers up to the kid for a speedy recovery, and hopefully, he still gets to live out his NBA dreams someday. Season-ending injuries are the worst, especially in the preseason.