Porter Jr. will play for Mizzou in Thursday's SEC Tournament Opener

Posted March 08, 2018

Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin told reporters Wednesday that Porter would not start against the victor of Thursday night's Georgia-Vanderbilt game.

Porter, who has been sidelined since the first game of the season against Iowa State, won't start and Martin stated that he would be "surprised" if the projected National Basketball Association lottery player plays more than 30 minutes.

Porter's return to the floor on Thursday will come in the second game of the afternoon session. Martin said that Porter will not start and does not expect him to play heavy minutes.

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Here's a little madness added to the SEC Tournament: Michael Porter Jr.is back.

Coming off back surgery, he's been practicing with the team for more than a week. "Unless the trainer or Mike says otherwise, he's playing".

Mizzou plays the victor of Wednesday's Georgia-Vanderbilt game Thursday afternoon.

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According to ESPN, the 6'10 forward was cleared by doctors to play in mid-February and has practiced with the team on a few different occasions since.

Porter Jr., a freshman, was one of the nation's top recruits and was at one point considered to be the consensus number 1 National Basketball Association draft pick. Missouri finished with a 20-11 regular season record without Porter.

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