If it weren’t for the news from earlier this week of Jontay Porter and his decision to return to Missouri next season, the school might be completely out of Porters for the first time in a long time because Cierra Porter announced she was taking a medical retirement from basketball:
From the press release:
”There are not enough words to express my gratitude toward my Aunt (Coach Pingeton), the rest of the amazing staff, my teammates who became my sisters, my supportive and loving family, the world’s best fans, and the countless other people that made my time at Mizzou so incredible,” said Porter. “I have memories that I will carry with me forever. Now that I have my degree, I have decided to shift my focus toward my future quality of life and that means saying goodbye to the sport I love. While it was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, I’m excited for what God has planned for my life moving forward. I appreciate Mizzou nation so much, and I am forever a Tiger!”
”Cierra has been a vital member of our program for the past three years and we can’t thank her enough for her contributions,” said head coach Robin Pingeton. “This was obviously a very difficult decision for Cierra, but one that we fully support. Cierra has played through much pain with ongoing knee issues over the last several years and there comes a point where you have to put long term quality of life ahead of everything else. It is remarkable what she has been able to contribute to our program despite never being fully healthy. Cierra graduated in three years with a 3.8 GPA, and there is no doubt she has a very bright future ahead of her. Although we will miss Cierra, we wish her nothing but the very best and are excited for the next chapter in her life.”
In three years for Mizzou, Porter averaged 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while recording 98 blocks and 68 steals. Porter earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors in 2015-16 after scoring 8.6 points and grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. Her 266 total points in her debut season rank as the tenth-most in school history. Among program records, Porter ranks fifth in seventh all-time in free-throw percentage (.793) and career rebounding average (7.0), and ninth in free throws made in a season (141, 2016-17).
Porter averaged double-digit scoring for the Tigers during her three seasons, but her production dipped over her last two years due to lingering knee issues. Her sister, Bri, also medically retired after multiple knee surgeries, and Cierra wanted to quit now and preserve her health.
It’s disappointing, really, because she was so good as a freshman and very good when she was feeling good. But her knees just didn’t have the health to sustain her career.
If you like hearing me talk about Jontay Porter, well, you’re in luck!
.@bwiese16 is joined with @SamTSnelling to talk about the potential of #Mizzou with @JontayPorter returning, and how this year's #NBADraft will affect certain teams next season. https://t.co/POOn8IMt9K— KTRS Sports (@BigSportsShow) June 1, 2018
#NBATwitter is on fire during the finals after only one game.
J.R. Smith, JaVale McGee, and Nick Young all about to get minutes in an NBA Finals dont tell me this shit aint special— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 29, 2018
Rob predicted it, and JaVale McGee didn’t disappoint.
Not to be outdone, J.R. Smith took over.
And when #NBATwitter crosses over with #HipHopTwitter...
Also if you missed it, now is a good time to confess your burner accounts if you have them:
Mizzou athletes are heading to COMO
Last day in Geneva.. Columbia in the morning!— K.J. Santos (@Silky_Sm00th1) June 1, 2018
Forsyth Ga ✈️ Columbia Mo I’m on my way pic.twitter.com/pMGYL1Fub2— Jatorian Hansford (@JatorianH_) June 1, 2018
We’re getting closer to workouts and things happening!
B-Dubs has a new social media person...
Buffalo Wild Wings social media manager probably walked in the house after a long Friday, poured a drink, sat on the couch, opened Twitter and pic.twitter.com/mGMGVhk60T— Evan (@mazursky_) June 1, 2018
I’m not going to post the actual tweet because I’m sure there are some terms of service I would be accidentally violating, but Google is your friend.