There’s been quite a bit of uncertainty whether Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will play for the Tigers again this season. Or if he’ll ever play for them again, for that matter.
Missouri’s next two games can be ruled out for Porter’s potential return.
Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin went on KFNS in St. Louis on Thursday, stating that Porter could soon be cleared for non-contact drills, but there’s no chance he’ll play Saturday against LSU. As for Tuesday’s game against Ole Miss, Martin said of Porter, “I’d be shocked if he’s on the floor.”
According to Alex Schiffer of The Kansas City Star, Porter had a regular checkup with his doctors in Columbia on Thursday to check on his progress since back surgery, which he underwent in Dallas in November.
Porter’s first season at Missouri has certainly not gone as expected, or as Tigers fans had hoped it would. He has played just two minutes in Missouri’s season opener against Iowa State on Nov. 10.
Many pundits predicted that Porter could leave Missouri to play in the NBA after his freshman season. It’s unclear if that will change — especially if Porter doesn’t return to the court this season — but it will certainly be an interesting development to watch down the stretch.
Without Porter, the Tigers have gone 18-8 this season, including 8-5 in SEC play. They’ve notched some impressive wins, including victories over conference rivals Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
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