According to reports, Missouri Tigers forward Laurence Bowers tore his ACL on Monday during a team pick-up basketball game and is expected to redshirt this season. The senior from Memphis will have one year of eligibility remaining for the 2012-13 season.
During the Mizzou coaching search, the star forward entertained the idea of entering the NBA draft, but withdrew his name shortly before the deadline and opted to return for a senior season, which Mizzou is expected to contend for a conference championship. Bowers would have anchored a Tiger team laden with a wealth of experience, listing seven seniors on the roster.
Last season, Bowers was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive squad while securing an Honorable Mention on the All-Conference team. On the season, Bowers averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks per game. He also shot a career best 75% from the free throw line.