HONORS AND AWARDS:
2012 Academic All-Big
2011 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
2011 Big 12 All-Defensive Team
2010 Second Team Academic All-Big 12
2010 Big 12 All-Reserve Team
ESPN SportsCenter #1 Play of the Day on Jan. 6, 2009
AT MIZZOU: 2011-12: Sat out the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during early-season workouts ... Traveled with the club throughout the year and was a valuable leader on the bench for the Tigers as the team won 30 games and advanced to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament ... Excelled in the class room last year, earning academic accolades from the league office.
Coming off an outstanding junior season in which he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 and a Big 12 All-Defensive Team pick ... Made 27 starts and played in all 34 games, averaging 24.8 minutes per game ... Averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 blocks per game ... Made 52.9 percent of his shots ... Finished second in the Big 12 with 62 blocked shots, the third most in school history and the most-ever by a Tiger junior ... Blocked eight shots against Colorado on Jan. 8 to tie Arthur Johnson for the most rejections in a game by a Tiger ... Averaged 1.8 blocks per game, best at Mizzou since Johnson in 2002-03 ... Ranked 14th in the Big 12 Conference in rebounding with 6.1 per game, tops on the club ... Was a stat stuffer for the Tigers all season, recording 46 assists and 38 steals to go with his scoring, rebounding and blocked shot totals ... Recorded the first 20-point, nine-rebound, six-steal game in school history vs. Baylor ... Came back with 22 points, 10 boards and five steals in the home finale vs. Kansas ... Had three double-doubles on the season and six games with 17+ points.
Played in all 34 games for Missouri, making 11 starts ... Was named to the All-Reserve Team by a panel of Big 12 sportswriters for his play off the bench ... Ranked third on the team in scoring at 10.2 points and second in rebounding (5.7) ... Second on the club in field goal percentage (.555) and was tops in blocked shots (48) ... Those 48 rejections ranked #6 on Missouri's single-season list and his 61 career blocks is just eight shy of the MU Top 10 for a career ... Finished the season ranked #19 in rebounding and #6 in blocked shots in the Big 12 Conference ... Was a consistent scoring threat, reaching double figures 18 times, including a career high 23 points in the home win against Georgia ... Hit 11-of-14 shots vs. the Bulldogs in just 20 minutes ... Was excellent around the basket and ranked #10 in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding (2.4) ... Started the final six games of the season and reached double figures three times, including 15 points in the NCAA Tournament win against Clemson ... Tied a career high with 33 minutes played and hit 6-of-10 shots, dished three assists and recorded three steals ... Led the club with three double-doubles, all three of which came in league play.
Showed flashes of brilliance while playing behind senior All-Big 12 performers DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons ... Played in 31 games and averaged 3.2 points and 2.1 boards in 6.9 minutes of action ... Reached double figures three times on the year, including season highs of 16 points in home wins over Colorado and Kansas State ... Needed just 15 minutes to reach those 16 tallies against the Wildcats thanks to 7-of-9 shooting from the floor ... Also chipped in six boards and a block ... Hit 7-of-8 field goals vs. Colorado and also contributed two assists, two steals and a swat ... Ranked among team-leaders with nine dunks, including an alley-oop flush against Coppin State that was deemed the #1 Play of the Day on ESPN SportCenter's Top 10.
Helped lead St. George's Independent School to a 25-3 record and a berth into the Tennessee Division II State semifinals as a senior ...Averaged 19.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks for the Gryphons ... Was a finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Basketball Award and was a McDonald's All-America game nominee ... Widely considered the top defensive player in the state of Tennessee ... Was a four-time all-state performer, initially at Elliston Baptist High School, before transferring to St. George's for his junior and senior campaigns ... Also named to the all-district and all-region teams ... Was selected his team's MVP as a sophomore and co-MVP as a junior ... Led St. George's to the Tennessee Division II State Championship as a junior, en route to earning all-state recognition ... Four-time Defensive Player of the Year at his school ... Earned first team all-state recognition from the Memphis Commercial Appeal as a senior ... Also a standout on the baseball diamond, earning all-state and all-region recognition as a pitcher during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... Received scholarship consideration for his work on the mound.
Full name is Laurence R. Bowers ... Born in Memphis, Tenn., to Nancy Bowers and Laurence Young ... Graduated last spring with a degree in Sociology and working towards a Masters in Health Education & Promotion ... Would like to use his degree to travel abroad and work with people of different cultures following his basketball career ... Coached at St. George's by Jeff Ruffin and in the summer by Ernie Kuyper, head coach of M33M on the AAU circuit ... Lists the late Michael Jackson, as his favorite musical artist ... Lists P.Y.T. by Jackson has his favorite song ... Favorite food is chicken Alfredo and Coach Carter is his favorite movie ... Lists his pitching ability as a hidden talent off the court ... Can also play the piano ... Is the nephew of former Arkansas standout Arlyn Bowers ... Has one sister, Amelia ... Lists his mother, Aunt Mary and Uncle Arlyn as the most influential people in his life ... Selected Missouri over scholarship offers from Arkansas, Marquette, George Mason, New Mexico and UTEP.