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Top draft prospect Michael Porter Jr. was forced to cancel his weekend workout in Chicago after suffering a strained hip, according to ESPN.
This was to be Porter’s second “pro day,” in which he was to work out in front of representatives from more than one team. The former Missouri forward has been projected to go as high as No. 2 in the draft by some mainstream news outlets.
He missed all but two games last season with a back issue.
“Rescheduling appears to be a possibility depending on how he responds to treatment over the next few days, but there’s no guarantee that occurs with the draft only a week away,” ESPN reported, citing sources. “Some teams will still send representatives to meet with Porter in Chicago on Friday.”
The back injury, combined with questions about Porter’s ability to be a good teammate, caused his draft stock to slide. But he seemed to be working his way back up with some strong individual workouts.
There’s no telling how this latest setback will impact how teams view him ahead of next Thursday’s draft — though it’s certainly not likely to make teams feel comfortable.