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Quickies: Michael Porter Mystery Edition

I’m questioning why Porter is playing this late in the year. I’m also questioning if he’ll play Saturday.

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So the near consensus preseason freshman of the year, Michael Porter Jr., has been cleared for basketball activities and it looks as though he will play for the Missouri Tigers this year. With just three games left, I’m curious as to why Porter is making this move. Yes, I’m sure he’s eager to get back on the court, but it’d take an awful lot from him to boost his draft projections in just three regular season games and some tournament play. And I highly doubt he’ll be ready to go all out. We’re still seeing Jarred Vanderbilt get comfortable after missing all the time he did.

Perhaps he’s as connected to Missouri as the Tigers want him to be, and he’s simply coming in this late in the year because Missouri needs him. The Tigers are 8-7 in SEC play and are in a massive tie for third place in the conference. Arkansas and Kentucky, two of their last three opponents, are also in that tie.

Speaking of UK, I’m curious as to whether Porter will play on Saturday. Missouri already beat UK once, though it was a road game for the Wildcats. A healthy, and capable, Porter would be a big key for Missouri.

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