Missouri coach discusses timetable for presumed NBA lottery pick Michael Porter Jr. David Banks/Getty Images
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: Michael Porter Jr. #1 boys west team was the MVP during the 2017 McDonalds's All American Game on March 29, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The West Team won 109-107. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Despite being cleared for activities, Missouri Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin says there’s no timetable for Michael Porter Jr.’s return.

Social media first went crazy after reports surfaced, stating Porter was cleared, but many were confused with the meaning of it. For those unaware, just because someone is cleared for “all basketball activities” it doesn’t mean that player is going to return right off the bat.

Furthermore, with Porter warming up prior to Missouri’s game on Saturday, people again tried to correlate that to him returning immediately. Martin wants everyone to slow down.

“I don’t have a timeline,” Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He wants to play … We have to make sure he’s ready to go.”

Without Porter, Missouri has relied on seniors Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett, junior Kevin Puryear, as well as freshmen Jontay Porter and Jeremiah Tilmon to lead the way.

Michael Porter Jr. is expected to be one of the first 10 players to be selected in this year’s NBA Draft. If he were to return to the Tigers, it would obviously be a huge deal. If not, despite losing to the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, Martin has led Missouri to a better than expected season, currently resting with an 18-11 overall record.


Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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