Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers basketball team received devastating news Sunday evening when it was announced sophomore Forward Jontay Porter, a Columbia Native, would be sidelined for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Porter was injured in a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois University Sunday morning. As a freshman, Porter averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks, and he was expected to take a big leap in both role and production this year. Just last week he was named to the preseason all-SEC second-team.

A former 5-star recruit, Porter reclassified from the class of 2018 to the class of 2017 so he could graduate high school early and play for the Tigers alongside his older brother Michael. Last season Porter was named the co-sixth man of the year in the SEC and was named to the conference’s all freshman team. After last season’s NCAA Tournament exit both Michael and Jontay tested the NBA Draft waters, where both were projected to be selected in the first round. But the younger Porter ultimately decided to return to Columbia with hopes to improve his draft stock.

This injury could mean an expanded role for walk-on freshman Parker Braun, sophomore K.J. Santos, who is currently out with a foot injury, and redshirt sophomore Mitchell Smith, who missed last season with a torn ACL. The injury to Porter will affect the Tigers hopes to make it back to the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers start the season November 6th against Central Arkansas at Mizzou Arena.