Missouri State men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced that forward Michael Porter requested and was granted a release from his scholarship.

The redshirt freshman from Sikeston, Mo., made the decision less than three months after a serious car accident ended with Porter being hospitalized. Porter cited that he wanted to be closer to home now that his basketball career is in jeopardy.

Coach Martin said, “We wish Mike the best and respect where his priorities are. He has been through a lot this year, and we are grateful for his contributions.”

Porter played in only six games after he missed time last season with a hamstring injury and an appendectomy. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in a reserve role.