A nice profile of Memphis product and Missouri star Laurence Bowers

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice profile today of Missouri basketball star Laurence Bowers, a product of St. George's Independent School. The peg for the story is that Mizzou, yours truly's alma mater, hopes to knock off the hated No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks tonight on the road, something that hasn't happened since 1999 (when I was still in school). Bowers figures to be a key part of any Mizzou upset bid; he is filling the shoes of departed teammate and Memphis Grizzlies rookie DeMarre Carroll, blocking shots, rebounding, and generally bringing lots of energy to the floor.

The Post-Dispatch article peaks back at Bowers' upbringing and his longstanding ties to Mizzou coach Mike Anderson, and catches us up with how he's getting along on campus:

He dates an Eritrea-born nurse named Feven Melake ("Great catch," he says), has considered studying nursing himself and rooms not with teammates but friends from his dorm last year.

"I don't want to be just known for basketball," he said. "I think it's important to embrace relationships with people of different cultures and beliefs."

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