After canceling his second pro-day workout, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. - a projected high-lottery pick - underwent an MRI on his hip Thursday that returned clean, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Before his college career began, Porter was largely considered the top prospect for the draft but that was before he lost almost his entire freshman season to injuries. The Chicago Bulls hold the seventh pick.
The NBA annually takes chances on talented players with legit concerns but if Porter slides in the draft, it will be because of injury concerns and not anything related to his character.
Most teams are cautious about the back injury and whether it might be a problem throughout Porter's career.
Porter dropping to the late lottery would be a noteworthy turn of events for a player rated so highly in his high school class.
Last year, he missed most of the season due to a back injury and averaged 10 points, 6.7 rebounds and one steal. Porter was cleared to play in March and participated in two games for Missouri, shooting 9-for-29 from the field. Per Givony, Porter Jr. was suffering hip spasms so severe this morning and could not get out of bed.
League sources say that National Basketball Association doctors appear optimistic about his long-term prognosis, and teams will weigh his talent against the inherent risks. Several NBA teams including the Knicks, Kings, and Suns were expected to attend and get a second look at him.