Top NBA Prospect Michael Porter Jr. Plans To Play In SEC Tournament

Posted March 08, 2018

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

Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Wednesday that elite recruit Michael Porter Jr.

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

The Tigers will face the victor of Wednesday night's Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Georgia Bulldogs matchup in St. Louis. Tipoff will be about 30 minutes following the first game of the day, which begins at 1 p.m. ET.

He underwent back surgery shortly after the season opener and was expected to miss the remainder of the season as he recovered from a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, according to ESPN.

Martin alerted the media of Porter's return Tuesday, with the news eventually broken via SEC Network's Paul Finebaum.

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

Martin said Porter, the No. 1 recruit in the country a year ago, will he able to help Missouri in a variety of ways.

Last month, his doctor cleared him to return to all basketball related activities.

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.