Michael Porter Jr. to play for Missouri on Thursday


Missouri is expecting star freshman Michael Porter Jr.to play Thursday when the Tigers will play their first game of the SEC Tournament against the victor of Wednesday's Georgia-Vanderbilt contest. Porter has not played since the first game of the season when he went down with a back injury just two minutes into his debut against Iowa State. Porter's ability to put the ball in the basket from anywhere helped create all the notoriety, and that's what made the news of his surgery so upsetting.

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. I don't have it in my head to say, 'He's going to play this many minutes, and that's it.' ...

"He said 'Coach, I want to help the team.' ... for me it was always Mike's decision to play or not", said Martin.

But in late February he was cleared by doctors to resume all basketball activities.

Missouri will play the victor of Wednesday night's Georgia-Vanderbilt game.

Missouri finished tied for fourth-place in the SEC regular-season with a 10-8 record without Porter.

Porter Jr. was one of the nation's top recruits and committed to MU one year ago.