Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. Will Return For SEC Tournament

Martin said Porter will come off the bench.

Cuonzo Martin said after Wednesday's shootaround that the freshman will see action for the Tigers on Thursday afternoon. "It's really how I feel, the flow of the game, and how he feels".

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.

The 6-10 Porter played only two minutes in the season opener before going out with a back injury.

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"He said 'Coach, I want to help the team.' ... for me it was always Mike's decision to play or not", said Martin. "You add (Michael) Porter to that - all of the sudden, they become very, very unsafe". Cullen VanLeer injured his ACL in Saturday's regular-season finale and Jordan Geist is questionable after he's been labeled as "under the weather". Then Wednesday, point guard Jordan Geist missed shootaround with what a team spokesperson described as "flu-like symptoms".

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

A few minutes before, when three Missouri players took the podium, it did not sound like they knew Porter was planning to play.

This story will be updated further.

  • Stacy Houston