English, Bowers Testing NBA Draft Waters

8 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, April 04 2011 Apr 4, 2011 Monday, April 04, 2011 1:45:00 PM CDT April 04, 2011 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

Columbia, Mo. -- Mizzou juniors Laurence Bowers and Kim English have declared for the 2011 NBA Draft, but will not hire agents.

By not hiring agents, both Bowers and English can retain their collegiate eligibility and can return to Missouri if they choose to remove their name from the draft by the May 8th deadline.

Bowers ranked second on the team in scoring (11.6) and first in rebounding (6.1). He also blocked 62 shots (second in the league) and recorded 38 steals in 24.8 minutes per game.

"I think for anyone who plays college basketball, having a chance to play in the NBA is a dream," Laurence Bowers said. "I had a chance to talk with my family and other loved ones and this is something I want to do. This rule is in place to allow guys like us to explore their options and make an informed decision."

English will also test the waters after starting 29 games each of the last two years. English scored his 1,000th career point in the Missouri win at Iowa State.

"This is an opportunity I am looking forward to, to see where I stand as a basketball player," English said. "I have loved my experience at Missouri and I will make sure everything is in order for me to return if that's the best decision for me and my family. This rule is in place for us, the player, so I want to take advantage of it and do what I can do to become a better all-around player."


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