Michael Porter Jr. to play for Missouri in SEC tournament

Missouri Athletics

It’s official: Michael Porter Jr. will return to play for Missouri in the SEC tournament, Cuonzo Martin confirmed to reporters today.

“He’s prepared to play,” Martin said. “He said ‘Coach, I want to help the team.'”

“For me it was always Mike’s decision to play or not play.”

Porter was a projected top three pick prior to the start of the season, but he had surgery on his back after playing just two minutes in Missouri’s season-opening win over Iowa State.

Porter is not expected to start tomorrow, when the Tigers take on the winner of tonight’s game between Georgia and Vanderbilt. Missouri is a lock for the NCAA tournament, and the addition of Porter will make them a trendy pick to make a run.

Martin, to his credit, does not appear to be worried about integrating a player of Porter’s talent and importance at this late of a date. ”

No problem at all,” he said, “because he’s a part of the team. Whatever happens I’m OK with it.”