Mizzou Basketball: Checking in on Jordan Clarkson, Laurence Bowers, D'Angelo Allen, and the Burg Blog

Kevin C. Cox

Jordan Clarkson is moving up the draft charts, Laurence Bowers was rookie of the year in Israel, and D'Angelo Allen is working hard in Columbia.

Jordan Clarkson

DraftExpress: Jordan Clarkson 2014 NBA Pre-Draft Workout and Interview Video

It should be no surprise that Clarkson is killing it in the workout and interview portions of the Draft process. He is by all accounts a thoughtful, interesting player and a freakish athlete.

Laurence Bowers

The Trib: Bowers enjoys first experience playing in Israeli pro league

Bowers played the whole season with a wrist injury he first suffered at Missouri and re-aggravated last year before the Portsmouth Invitational, causing him to skip that NBA predraft event. It remained bad enough that Bowers had surgery after the season, but he still wound up averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while helping his team reach the postseason. He was voted the league's rookie of the year.

"I really feel blessed that I got to experience Israel, not only for basketball but from a religious standpoint," he said. "I definitely would go back over there."

But Bowers is going to have other options.

"There's going to be some teams in Spain and France and Italy that are going to want him," said Travis King, his agent with Los Angeles-based Relativity Sports. "Right now, we're just gauging everything. Things will heat up as the NBA draft comes to a conclusion here in a few weeks."

D'Angelo Allen

MUTIGERS.COM: Get To Know Mizzou's D'Angelo Allen

Q: You are known for your defense. What keeps your focus on that end of the court?

DA: "Defense wins championships. You can do all the scoring in the world, but if you can't stop anyone, you are right back where you started. It can really mess with your opponent if you are scoring and they can't score on you. Before you know it, if you are getting stops, you can blow a game wide open." [...]

Q: What's something people may not know about Cam [Biedscheid]?

DA: "I know he sat out last year, but he can really score. He plays so hard on the offensive end and has a bunch of ways to get the ball in the hoop. His scoring ability is really strong and that helps me because I can learn from him, but also, he is fun to defend. I know he makes me better when I am guarding him."

Jakeenan Gant and Namon Wright have gotten most of the attention when it comes to the 2014 recruiting class, primarily because of their four-star ratings and the fact that they've been committed for much longer. But it's hard not to be hypnotized by an athlete of Allen's caliber who evidently prides himself on defense.

Burg Blog #1 - Ryan Rosburg Talks About His Career At Mizzou

First let me introduce myself. My names Ryan Rosburg, but most of you probably know me as the tall white kid with the receding hairline. I'm heading into my junior year at Missouri, and currently a Marketing major. It's crazy to think that I have been at Mizzou longer than anyone on the current roster. It seems like just yesterday Phil Pressey was throwing me ridiculous behind the back passes and having them bounce off my head.


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