NBA Draft news: Missouri's Jontay Porter re-tears ACL which sidelined him this past season
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Missouri’s Jontay Porter re-tears ACL which sidelined him this past season

Jontay Porter, Missouri

Missouri power forward Jontay Porter has torn his right ACL again while rehabbing in Denver, Alex Schiffer of the Kansas City Star reports.

Porter, who is a projected first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, missed his entire sophomore campaign after tearing ligaments in the same knee early the preseason.

The 19-year-old prospect’s draft value will likely take a tumble as a result, which now unjustly leaves him with two options: return to school and expiate his missed time on the floor next season or spend time rehabbing in the pros.

“I think this latest injury creates a major red flag around his re-torn ACL as far as the health of the knee going forward and his medical status in general,” one NBA scout said of Jontay Porter, per Schiffer. Scouts aren’t allowed to publicly comment on the players they evaluate.

“While he had a real chance to be a first-round pick, a lot of teams will have to revisit their needs and priorities. Established playoff contenders may want to really look at him as he can rehab and won’t have to rush back versus a team looking for an immediate impact player.”

Jontay Porter last played during his freshman year in 2017-18, where he averaged 9.9 points per game and was chosen Southeastern Conference co-sixth man of the year as he helped lead Missouri to its first NCAA Tournament in half a decade.

There is no official word on his future at this time.