Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. will play Thursday in SEC tourney opener

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Michael Porter Jr. will make his much-anticipated return to Missouri's lineup Thursday in the SEC tournament.

Porter has been out since the Tigers' season opener, when he played two minutes and left the game with a back injury. 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. I don't have it in my head to say, 'He's play this many minutes and that's it.'. Porter Jr. had initially committed to the Huskies.

But Porter has been ahead of schedule in his recovery and has now been practicing with the team for a week. "Unless the trainer or Mike says otherwise, he's playing". Tipoff will be about 30 minutes following the first game of the day, which begins at 1 p.m. ET.

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

Missouri will play the victor of Vanderbilt and Georgia at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Last month, his doctor cleared him to return to all basketball related 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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