Michael Porter Jr. was supposed to be one of the most exciting freshman during the 2017-18 college basketball season, but an injury to his back during the first game against Iowa State has kept him out for the rest of the season so far.
For Porter, a former 5-star recruit, he would like to get back on the floor and help his Missouri team as soon as possible.
“If it were up to me I’d love to get a couple games under my belt before postseason play,” Porter said at a press conference on Friday, per Dave Matter.
The Tigers currently sit at 16-8 overall and 6-5 in SEC play and are a near lock to make the NCAA Tournament. For Porter, it is all about getting a few reps in before the serious business in March starting at the SEC Tournament, which begins on March 7 in St. Louis, but he will have to get cleared first by a doctor. During the press conference, Porter said that he thinks he visit the doctor again next week.
The injury in November required surgery, with Porter going under the knife on Nov. 22 for a microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal discs. The rehab process has gone well, but he has not been able to take part in practice just yet.
“I’m feeling really good. I’m rehabbing every day,” Porter said.
As for re-injuring himself when he comes back, Porter said, “I have zero concerns.”
As for right now, he is having fun watching his teammates’ success on the court from the sidelines.
“I would love to play again, but I’m just having a great time watching the guys,” Porter said.
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