March 17, 2018

Top NBA Prospect Michael Porter Jr. Plans To Play In SEC Tournament

08 March 2018, 01:32 | Erma Lawrence

Michael Porter Jr. Will Play in SEC Tournament After Back Injury

Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr. to play in SEC Tournament, coach Cuonzo Martin says

"For me it was always Mike's decision to play or not play", Martin said.

Just two minutes into his debut with the University of Missouri, five-star forward Michael Porter Jr. "It's really how I feel, the flow of the game, and how he feels". The coach doesn't expect him to play a ton of minutes - 30 minutes seemed out of the question - but he did say that he expects Porter to play again on Friday if Missouri wins its first SEC tournament game. But I'd be surprised if he played 30 minutes.

Porter underwent on his back shortly thereafter, and was expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Martin alerted the media of Porter's return Tuesday, with the news eventually broken via SEC Network's Paul Finebaum.

Fifth-seeded Missouri (20-11) faces the victor of Wednesday's Georgia-Vanderbilt game at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. At the end of Feburary, Porter Jr., was cleared for basketball activities. Missouri finished with a 20-11 regular season record without Porter.

Porter has the ability to score at all three levels and if he proves his back is 100 percent healthy, he automatically will be in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick along with Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic.

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