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One of the guys projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA draft has been cleared to get back to work on his game.
Michael Porter Jr., a 6-foot-10, 215-pound freshman forward for the University of Missouri, has received full medical clearance to participate in basketball activities, according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.
Porter underwent back surgery in November that was expected to keep him on the sidelines for the entire college season. Though he has been cleared for full-contact activities, his return to the court for Missouri before the conclusion of the season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Despite Porter playing only two minutes this season, Missouri has put itself in line for a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers are 18-10 overall this season, including an 8-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference.
In the big-picture aspect, whether Porter actually plays again for the Tigers is not nearly as important as his physical status in terms of his draft stock.
If Porter is proven to be completely recovered from having the back surgery, he is expected to be a top selection in the upcoming draft.
In his latest mock draft, Jonathan Givony has the Chicago Bulls selecting Porter, a Missouri native, with the sixth overall choice.