Michael Porter Jr. believes he will return to the Missouri basketball program this season.
The highly-touted freshman is hopeful that he will be cleared for contact when he meets with a doctor next week, which will open the door for his return to the court.
“To me and how I feel right now, there is a good chance,” Porter said, via NBC Sports. “I think the doctors are going to be amazed at my progress.
“My rehab therapist thinks I’m good to go with practice except for the contact part. I’m hoping that the doctor clears me for everything, contact included. That’s what I would love to hear. But it’s not up to me. It’s up to the doctors.”
Porter was injured just two minutes into the season-opener against Iowa State, before undergoing back surgery.
If he is able to return to the court, that could be great news for a Tigers program that is looking to sneak into the NCAA Tournament.
Entering the season, many projected Porter would be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. While he is still expected to turn pro after this season, he is likely no longer the top pick. However, he is still projected as a top five lottery pick.