Kevin Porter Jr. returned to practice on Tuesday after missing seven weeks with a bruised thigh, a potential boost for a USC basketball team that has started 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in nine seasons.
Porter will travel with the team Wednesday when the Trojans leave to face the Oregon schools, and he hopes to play as soon as Thursday at Oregon State in the first game of the two-game trip.
Outside the locker room at the Galen Center after practice ended Tuesday afternoon, the talented freshman guard reported that he finished the two-hour workout without any limitations.
“I did everything,” Porter said. “I told my coaches ‘let me go and if I need a break, I’ll let you know if my leg is messed up or if I’m feeling any pain.’ I didn’t. I was able to jump my highest. I was very athletic. It’s still a little stiff, but the condition that I’m in is way better than the condition I’ve been in (the last) seven weeks. I feel like I’m ready now.”
Porter first suffered what was officially diagnosed as a quad contusion when an opposing player’s knee collided into his right thigh during a Nov. 20 game against Missouri State in Kansas City. He has been out for nine games since then with the exception of appearing on the court for four minutes in the second half against Nevada on Dec. 1, looking severely limited.