Michael Porter Jr. practices Wednesday, expected to play Thurdsay

Michael Porter Jr. (Photo Credit: Mizzou Athletics)

ST. LOUIS – He suffered a severe back injury in his first game and was expected to miss the rest of the season. But Mizzou star recruit Michael Porter Jr. will return to the court Thursday as the men’s basketball team begins SEC Tournament play.

Coach Cuonzo Martin said Porter would not start the game, but he’d be used off the bench.

Porter had a microdiscectomy on his L3 and L4 discs in November 2017. His doctor gave him the okay to return to basketball in late February 2018.