COLUMBIA — Former Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers, who was not chosen in Thursday's NBA Draft, will be playing on the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer-league team, according to a post on the Columbia Tribune's website.
Around 11 p.m. on Friday, Bowers, who is a Memphis native, tweeted “Thanks to @memgrizz for the opportunity to play for my hometown team. #Blessed.”
Former Tigers coach Mike Anderson recruited Bowers from St. George Independent High School outside of Memphis. A 6-foot-8-inch small forward with good shooting skills and shot-blocking ability, Bowers, a fifth-year senior, led the Tigers in scoring last season with 14.1 points per game.
Bowers was hindered by injuries, though, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during practice in 2011 and missing that season. He was issued a medical redshirt, but missed five games last year with a sprained medial collateral ligament.
He finished the season with a spot on the All-Southeastern Conference second team, but his knee injuries likely kept him from becoming a draft pick.
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