ST. LOUIS – Michael Porter Jr., will play Thursday in the SEC Tournament, coach Cuonzo Martin announced on Wednesday.

Porter Jr., will not be in the starting lineup, but he’s expected to come off the bench.

Mizzou plays the winner of Wednesday’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game Thursday afternoon.

He suffered an injury in his first career game in the season opener for Mizzou. He had back surgery in November. At the end of February, Porter Jr., was cleared for basketball activities.

Porter Jr., is a five-star recruit and potential No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.