Michael Porter Jr says ‘good chance’ he will play this season
Michael Porter Jr is determined to make something of his one-and-done year.
Addressing reporters on Friday, the star Missouri freshman, who has been sidelined since undergoing back surgery in November, spoke optimistically about playing again for the Tigers this season.
“There’s a good chance,” said Porter, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. “I think doctors are going to be amazed at my progress. I’m feeling better every day. I’m hoping the doctor feels the same way.”
Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin did add however that the 19-year-old forward had yet to be cleared to practice with the team.
“I’m really not sure what to expect,” Martin was quoted as saying. “It wouldn’t surprise me either way.”
Porter has played all of two minutes for Missouri this season after hurting his back in their season opener against Iowa State on Nov. 10. He would go under the knife later that month. Meanwhile, the Tigers have gone 16-8 without him (fourth in the SEC). They close the regular season on Mar. 3 against Arkansas.
The 6-foot-10 Porter is projected to be a high-lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft despite the concerns over his health. But his desire to return for Mizzou this season is probably no surprise given these comments he made recently.