Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. has been cleared for all basketball activities, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Porter Jr., the number two overall recruit in the class of 2017 (per 247 Sports), has not appeared for Missouri since he played two minutes in the season-opener against Iowa State on Nov. 10. He had microdiscectomy surgery on his back on Nov. 21.
SI.com's Jeremy Woo projects Porter Jr. being selected fifth overall in his latest mock draft despite the fact that he has not played in more than three months..
Porter Jr.'s return could provide a huge boost to a Missouri team that is on track to make the NCAA tournament. Missouri is 18-10 overall and 8-7 in the SEC, and NCAA tournament projections have them in the 7-seed range.
The Tigers have three regular season games left—at Kentucky on Saturday, at Vanderbilt on Tuesday and vs. Arkansas on March 3. The SEC tournament begins on March 7.