Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) After a strong junior season that had him briefly flirt with leaving early for the NBA, Missouri forward Laurence Bowers returned to school with plenty of unfinished business. He had to adapt to a new system installed by Frank Haith, the former Miami coach hired to replace Mike Anderson, a Bowers family friend who recruited the 6-foot-8 Memphis, Tenn., native. Told by NBA advisers to refine his game, Bowers looked to improve a stellar stat-line from 2010-11, when he averaged 11.6 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds and led the Big 12 in blocked shots. The top priority? Leading Missouri to its first Final Four after an assortment of near-misses all too familiar to Tigers fans. Those dreams crumpled in early October when Bowers blew out his left knee during a preseason pickup game. The torn anterior cruciate ligament meant season-ending surgery and immediately raised questions about Missouri's front-line depth. It also turned Bowers' carefully crafted plans upsid...
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