Former Missouri forward Laurence Bowers named Rookie of the Year in Israeli league

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 5:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Former Missouri forward Laurence Bowers, who was a member of the 2012-13 team, earned Rookie of the Year honors during his first professional season overseas.

Bowers, who plays for Hapoel Holon in the Israel-Winner League, was a starter and averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Holon went 15-14 this season to make the league tournament as a 7-seed, where it lost 75-74 to Winner's No. 2 team. Bowers had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in the loss.

"Shoutout to every one of the passionate fans we had that made my rookie year a fun one," Bowers posted on his Twitter account. "Thanks to the Management for the opportunity!"

"And of course to all of my teammates....Rookie Year is in the books ! Was a successful one as well. I am so grateful and blessed!"

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