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

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

Porter's return will make Missouri a unsafe team in the NCAA Tournament.

Martin said Porter came to him Tuesday and said he was "ready to go."Martin said that it was always Porter's decision on when and if he would play, and that confirmation was all he needed to hear to insert him into an extremely thin Missouri lineup".

Head coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed to reporters on Wednesday that National Basketball Association prospect Michael Porter Jr. would play in the SEC tournament. I don't have it in my head to say, 'He's going to play this many minutes, and that's it.' ... He played two minutes and scored two points before leaving with an injury.

"He could play 20-25 minutes", Martin said, per ESPN.

Here's a little madness added to the SEC Tournament: Michael Porter Jr.is back. The Tigers will play the victor of Vanderbilt-Georgia.

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

Porter Jr., a freshman, was one of the nation's top recruits and was at one point considered to be the consensus number 1 National Basketball Association draft pick.

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported on February 22 that Porter received full clearance from doctors to resume basketball activities. The star freshman's injury was viewed as a major blow to Mizzou's NCAA tournament aspirations but the team excelled in Porter's absence, finishing the regular season at 20-11.

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