Look out, SEC: Star freshman Michael Porter Jr. back for conference tourney

Emilio Banks
March 8, 2018

On Wednesday, Cuonzo Martin, Mizzou's head coach, told ESPN's Paul Finebaum that his star freshman would return for the SEC Tournament.

Martin said earlier this week Porter would not have any minutes restriction when he returned, given the one-and-done nature of the postseason.

Porter will not start Thursday's matchup with the Georgia-Vanderbilt victor and Martin said he'd be surprised if the freshman plays 30 minutes according to ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

Martin said that Porter will not start the game on Thursday, and his playing time will be determined based on the flow of the game and how Porter feels.

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Missouri will play the victor of Wednesday night's Georgia-Vanderbilt game. It had to be completely up to him, to say, 'Coach, I'm completely ready to go. Tipoff will be about 30 minutes following the first game of the day, which begins at 1 p.m. ET. Porter Jr. later underwent surgery in Dallas.

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

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported on February 22 that Porter received full clearance from doctors to resume basketball activities.

The No. 2 overall player in the 2017 recruiting class, Porter is considered to be a lock for the National Basketball Association lottery this year.

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