College basketball insider expects Mizzou’s Michael Porter Jr. to play vs Vanderbilt

Michael Porter Jr. has become college basketball’s wildcard, but fans across the country might be finally getting a look at the talented Missouri freshman.

Porter entered the season as not only one of the top recruits in the class of 2017, but as one of the best wing prospects in a very long time. However, he hasn’t played since the season opener due to a back injury.

College basketball insider Tom Hart expects that will change soon. He believes Porter will play on Tuesday night vs Vanderbilt, according to comments he made on Cole Cubelic’s show.

That would be a significant development for Missouri, which is close to landing on the bubble before Selection Sunday. The Tigers could use a wing player like Porter before a potential long run toward the NCAA Tournament.

Porter was cleared for basketball activities last week, but he did not play in Missouri’s loss to Kentucky.

“I don’t have a timeline,” Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin said on Saturday night. “He wants to play, but we have to make sure he’s ready to go.”

Martin added that he has practiced once and was scheduled to practice again on Sunday.

Even without playing this season, Porter is still projected to be a high lottery pick in this summer’s NBA draft. According to, Porter could be the first wing taken in the 2018 NBA Draft and could go as high as No. 3 overall.

After traveling to Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Missouri closes its season by hosting Arkansas on Saturday. A pair of wins to end the regular season would do wonders for the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament seeding.

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