Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. expected to play in SEC tournament

Mar 3 2018 Columbia MO USA Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr. to play in SEC Tournament, coach Cuonzo Martin says

Porter missed the regular season due to injury after playing only two minutes in Mizzou's season opener against Iowa State.

For Mizzou fans, the news of Porter's return was joyous news.

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

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Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin told reporters on Wednesday that Porter will not start and would "be surprised if he plays 30 minutes".

"It had to be completely up to him to say coach I'm ready to go, I feel good about it", Martin said. Tipoff will be about 30 minutes following the first game of the day, which begins at 1 p.m. ET.

The tournament begins on Wednesday, but the Tigers don't play until Thursday where they'll take on the victor of the Georgia-Vanderbilt game.

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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.

It looks like Michael Porter Jr. might suit up again for Missouri after all.

Porter was medically cleared in February and has practiced with the team sporadically since.

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The Tigers have compiled a 20-11 record this season and will enter the conference tournament as the No. 5 seed after finishing 10-8 in league play.

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