Stud Missouri Freshman Michael Porter Jr. to Play in SEC Tournament

Stud Missouri Freshman Michael Porter Jr. to Play in SEC Tournament

Missouri freshman Michael Porter expected play in the Tigers' SEC tournament opener on Thursday after missing most of the season due to a back injury. He has not played since Missouri's November 10 season-opener against Iowa State, a game in which he played just two minutes.

Porter was selected as co-preseason SEC Player of the Year and the Tigers were picked to finish fifth in the conference.

Martin said Porter would not start but will play as long as he can and won't be under any restrictions.

On Thursday, Mizzou will either play Georgia or Vanderbilt, depending on the result of the first-round game.

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"If he's healthy, we're rolling". It was until yesterday, that head coach Cuonzo Martin said Porter told him he would be ready to go.

"Unless Mike says otherwise, that's what it is", Martin said.

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.

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. The star freshman's injury was viewed as a major blow to Mizzou's NCAA tournament aspirations but the team excelled in Porter's absence, finishing the regular season at 20-11.

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