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Mizzou's Porter to undergo back surgery

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Michael Porter Jr. insisted before the season that he was not necessarily a one-and-done player who would leave next year for the riches of the NBA.

The standout Missouri freshman will have plenty of downtime to consider his future after the school announced Tuesday that he would miss the rest of the season following lower back surgery. The procedure, called a microdiscetomy, was scheduled in Dallas and the expected recovery time is three to four months.

The injury is a staggering blow for last year's top high school recruit, just as it is for a Missouri program excited for the future following his arrival and the talented recruiting class that followed him to Columbia.

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