Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr.

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Porter Jr. Says Doctors Could Clear Him For Full Practice Next Week

February 09, 2018 - 3:11 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Two days after Mizzou basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin says he "wouldn't be surpirsed" to see Michael Porter Jr. back on the court this season, the freshman star is very optimistic about his chance to return this season. 

"If it were up to me I would love to get a couple games under my belt before tournament play," Porter Jr. told media in Columbia, Friday. 

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Less than three months ago, he had lower-back surgery, that came with an expected recovery time of three to four months. He says next week will be his next checkup with his doctor.

"My rehab therapist thinks that I'm good to go with practice, except for that contact part, " Porter Jr. "I'm hoping that the doctor will clear me to do everything, contact included, but that's not up to me. It's up to me to work hard but it's up to the doctor to tell me I'm ready to go."

He was asked if he would be worried about re-injury. 

"I have zero concerns about that, I feel better right now than I have ever felt," Porter Jr. says. 

The SEC Tournament in St. Louis begins on March 7, but Mizzou has seven games left on the schedule. The Tigers host Mississippi State, Saturday at 1 p.m.

In Decebmer, Porter Jr. posted on Instagram, "Just letting y’all know whoever said it was going to take 3-4 months to recover lied." 

Then on Tuesday, Martin talked about Porter Jr.'s return after Mizzou's victory against Ole Miss. 

“This week, he started working out, not on the floor, but just doing different things with our strength and conditioning coach Nicodemus (Christopher),” Martin said. “Agility work, bouncing the ball, but nothing with practice. I wouldn’t be shocked if I saw him on the floor. And I’m not saying that, because he hasn’t practiced or anything, so don’t misinterpret that, but I wouldn’t be shocked."