By Keegan Hartman
A vibrant, energetic, and fun-filled Saturday at Mizzou Arena turned into a somber Sunday for Mizzou Basketball.
Sophomore forward Jontay Porter, the younger brother to former No. 1 high school prospect Michael Porter Jr., tore his ACL and MCL Sunday evening in a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois.
On Saturday, fans in attendance at Mizzou Arena for Mizzou Madness were ecstatic as they witnessed Porter-and-company’s talent on display, in what was to expected to be a highly anticipated season for men’s basketball.
Porter made the decision to return to school in May- prior to the same NBA Draft in which Michael was selected 14th overall by the Denver Nuggets.
Previously, Porter stepped in his freshman year and played a huge role in the Tigers success since his brother was ruled out for season after a back injury in November.
In the 2017-18 season, Porter averaged 9.9 PPG, along with a near 2 blocks per game. He was also named SEC Sixth man of the year.
According to Sports Illustrated, entering the 2019 NBA Draft next year, Porter ranked 15th of the top 60 prospects.
Mizzou will open up regular season play Tuesday, November 6th against Central Arkansas at Mizzou Arena. Tipoff is set of 7pm.