Mizzou sophomore forward Jontay Porter tore both the ACL and MCL in his knee Sunday night during a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois. He will be lost for the 18-19 season. Porter was named Friday as a semi-finalist for the the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. See news release below.
Thanks to everyone who reached out! It’s hard to stay positive in the midst of something like this but everything happens for a reason.
— Jontay Porter (@JontayPorter) October 22, 2018
Mizzou sophomore forward Jontay Porter (Columbia, Mo.) was named to the 2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. The annual honor in its fifth year recognizes the top center in men’s college basketball.
Porter is one of 20 candidates added to the watch list, which is determined by a national committee comprising of top college basketball personnel. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players will be narrowed down to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner will be presented at The College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Porter, a 6-foot-11 forward, begins his second year with the Tigers this fall after testing the 2018 NBA Draft selection waters last spring. Porter opted to return to Mizzou after earning SEC Co-Sixth Man of the Year and SEC All-Freshman honors in 2017-18.
Porter appeared in all 33 games and earned seven starts during his freshman campaign, averaging 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field. Porter led the Tigers in both rebounding and blocked shots (1.7) and his 55 rejections were the third-most in a season by a Mizzou freshman in program history.
The Columbia, Mo., native reached double figures in nine of Mizzou’s final 12 games while pouring in 13.3 points per outing, helping the Tigers clinch an NCAA Tournament berth. Porter and the Tigers launch the 2018-19 campaign on Nov. 6 vs. Central Arkansas. Tipoff at Mizzou Arena is set for 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are available for the upcoming season at MUTigers.com/MBBTix.
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|Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike is also on the list.||Kansas|