Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr. To Return For SEC Tournament

Mar 3 2018 Columbia MO USA Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr.is expected to return to the court in the team's second round SEC Tournament game on Thursday. Porter has missed almost the entire season, sans a two-minute stint in the season-opener, having been hampered by a back injury that required surgery.

The SEC Network host broke the news on Porter just before the start of his Wednesday program, which is airing live from St. Louis's Scottrade Center - home of the 2018 SEC Championship Tournament.

"Unless Mike says otherwise, that's what it is", Martin said. It was until yesterday, that head coach Cuonzo Martin said Porter told him he would be ready to go.

Even with his injury, many National Basketball Association draft analysts have Porter going in the high lottery because of how grand his upside is. He played two minutes and scored two points before leaving with an injury.

Coming off back surgery, he's been practicing with the team for more than a week.

Porter was medically cleared in February and has practiced with the team sporadically since.

Missouri will play the victor of Vanderbilt and Georgia at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

After finishing the regular season with a 20-11 record, Missouri is now projected as a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament by ESPN's Joe Lunardi.

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