Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. Will Return For SEC Tournament
- Author: Stacy Houston Mar 08, 2018,
Mar 08, 2018, 1:29
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.