Bad news has struck the Missouri Tigers in a big way. Sophomore star Jontay Porter suffered a knee injury during the Tigers’ closed scrimmage with the Southern Illinois Salukis on Sunday. That knee injury was a torn ACL and MCL, meaning that Porter’s 2018-19 season is unfortunately over before it even started.
The news of Porter’s injury was first reported by Alex Schiffer of the Kansas City Star.
BREAKING: Jontay Porter tore his right ACL and MCL in today’s scrimmage against Southern Illinois. He’s out for the season. https://t.co/2UU5lrZRDM— Alex Schiffer (@TheSchiffMan) October 21, 2018
Jontay was one of the best freshmen in the SEC last season. He won the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year award after posting high efficiency numbers and playing well in his limited minutes. He was a significant contributor for the Tigers even with his Minutes% being just 60.9 percent. He was set to break out as a sophomore, but obviously that will no longer be the case.
It is particularly tragic for the Porter family considering what they went through last season. You may remember the saga that surrounded Michael Porter Jr., as the then-freshman standout played only two minutes in the regular season. Back injuries stifled his chances of playing significant minutes until his return for the 2018 SEC Tournament. MPJ also partook in Mizzou’s NCAA Tournament game against the Florida State Seminoles, but the Tigers were ousted by the eventual Elite Eight representatives.
Jontay tested the waters of the NBA Draft before eventually opting to return to school. It is likely that we’ll never see Jontay again in a Missouri uniform as he’ll probably be turning pro after his recovery process is over.