MPJ: Michael Porter Jr. to return 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

Coach Cuanzo Martin - which still has Missouri headed to the NCAA Tournament, even without its best player - said Porter will come off the bench.

For the first time since the season opener, Michael Porter Jr will suit up and take the court for the Missouri Tigers when they open SEC men's basketball tournament play tomorrow against either Georgia or Vanderbilt.

Coming off back surgery, he's been practicing with the team for more than a week.

Mizzou plays the victor of Wednesday's Georgia/Vanderbilt game in St. Louis. I don't have it in my head to say, 'He's going to play this many minutes, and that's it.' ... "Unless the trainer or Mike says otherwise, he's playing".

Asked whether he expects Geist to play Thursday, Martin said only "I hope so".

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.

Porter was the No. 2 prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.

Porter's return will make Missouri a risky team in the NCAA Tournament. "Coach, I'm ready to go", Porter told Martin.

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

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