Porter, who led Nathan Hale to the Class 3A state basketball championship in March, played two minutes in Missouri’s opener this season and has been out since.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Michael Porter Jr. era might have lasted all of two minutes for Missouri.

On Tuesday, Missouri basketball officials announced Porter would undergo back surgery that would likely cause him to miss the rest of the season.

Porter led Nathan Hale High School of Seattle to the Class 3A state championship in March. He was committed to play for the Washington Huskies this season before UW fired coach Lorenzo Romar.

According to a release from Missouri, Porter was to have a “microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs” on Tuesday in Dallas. The procedure usually has a three-to-four-month recovery time.

Porter started in Missouri’s season-opening victory against Iowa State on Nov. 10. He played two minutes and scored his only two points of the season thus far off a putback layup. He then asked coach Cuonzo Martin to take him out and Porter has missed the last three games.

“I really appreciate the support of my family and the Mizzou men’s basketball program as I begin this process,” Porter said in a release. “I’m thankful for all the kind words and messages I’ve received from fans. Those mean a lot to me. I cannot wait to be completely healthy and playing the game I love, once again.”

Porter also posted a Bible verse, James 1:12, on his Instagram account: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

Later Tuesday, Porter posted a photo of himself in a hospital gown with the caption: “Successful surgery!”

In the spring, Porter reported having back pain. He missed the Jordan Brand Classic in April because of a sore back and said he played the week earlier in the Nike Hoops Summit with the same issue.

“A red flag has been planted into his back,” one NBA scout told The Kansas City Star of Porter, who had been projected as a top-five NBA draft pick after his freshman season at Missouri. “As long as everything checks out with the back, he should be fine — but, to be determined.”

Scouts cannot comment publicly about prospects their teams could draft.

After the Iowa State game, Martin said Porter had a leg injury and that he was “day-to-day.”

“Our top priority as a program is the well-being of our student-athletes, so Michael beginning this process to be 100 percent healthy is important to all of us,” Martin said in Tuesday’s release. “Our focus has been on Michael’s well-being, just like every other player in our locker room.”

UConn women win at No. 5 UCLA

LOS ANGELES – Napheesa Collier scored 23 points and No. 1 UConn beat fifth-ranked UCLA 78-60 in a women’s game, snapping the Bruins’ 32-game home winning streak.

The Huskies (4-0) won their 39th consecutive road game in their first visit to Westwood since 1998.

The Bruins (3-1) fell to 0-17 against top-ranked teams and are winless in five meetings against UConn, which beat UCLA in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 last season.

Jordin Canada and Monique Billings scored 15 points each for the Bruins. Kennedy Burke added 14.

Oregon women rout Eastern

EUGENE, Ore. – Ruthy Hebard scored 22 points, while not missing a shot, and Lexi Bando added 14 to lead Oregon to an 81-40 victory over Eastern Washington.

Hebard, a sophomore who was an All-Pac-12 forward last season, went 7 for 7 from the field and 8 for 8 at the free-throw line for the Ducks (4-1).

Oregon shot 69.2 percent in the first half to open a 47-17 lead.

Delaney Hodgins led the Eagles (1-3) with eight points.

• The Loyola Marymount women beat Arizona 84-70.

UCLA men win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Aaron Holiday got a scooping layup to drop just before the final buzzer, giving UCLA a 72-70 victory over Wisconsin in the third-place game of the Hall of Fame Classic.

The Bruins (4-1) trailed 65-59 with about four minutes left, but Holiday made two three-pointers and converted two free throws to spur the comeback.

Baylor beat Creighton 65-59 in the title game.

• Virginia Commonwealth beat California 83-69 in a Maui Invitational game.