Porter Jr. ‘a step slow’ in return to court

7:56 PM ET

ST. LOUIS — Missouri freshman and potential NBA draft lottery pick Michael Porter Jr. made his long-awaited return to the court during Thursday’s 62-60 loss to Georgia, but neither he nor his coach thought he was quite the player he was before his back surgery.

Porter, who hadn’t played since the season opener against Iowa State in mid-November, took a game-high 17 shots but made only five for a total of 12 points. He also tied for a team-high eight rebounds.

Porter recognized his limitations coming back from surgery, estimating that he felt 65 percent of the way back to his old form.

“With this type of injury, the last thing to come back is your explosiveness, your pop,” Porter said. “I knew that wasn’t there yet, but I still thought with Cullen [VanLeer] tearing his ACL and other guys out, I thought I could help the team. I missed some shots I should have made, but at the end of the day we lost as a team.”

Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin described the difference in Porter’s game

Article source: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22694904/michael-porter-jr-not-especially-sharp-return-missouri-tigers

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