Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. Ready To Play Thursday

Michael Porter Jr. and teammates

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.

Missouri star Michael Porter Jr. has played only two minutes this season, as he had to undergo back surgery following the team's season-opener against Iowa State.

Porter's return will make Missouri a risky team in the NCAA Tournament. It had to be completely up to him, to say, 'Coach, I'm completely ready to go. But I'd be surprised if he played 30 minutes.

"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 plays the victor of the Georgia and Vanderbilt Thursday at the SEC Tournament in St. Louis.

According to ESPN, the 6'10 forward was cleared by doctors to play in mid-February and has practiced with the team on a few different occasions since.

Porter Jr., is a five-star recruit and potential No. 1 overall pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft.

Missouri still had a successful season, even with the loss of Porter, posting a 20-11 regular season record and finishing with a winning conference record for the 1st time since 2012-2013.

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