Laurence Bowers grew up with basketball around him, but his love of basketball started while playing at The Boys and Girls Club of West Memphis, in West Memphis, Arkansas at the age of 5. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to live in “the country” in West Memphis, Arkansas which is directly located across the Mississippi River from Memphis. He lived in Arkansas with his mother from the ages of 5-12. During that time period he practiced the game of basketball with a basket that he attached to a light pole in the front yard. At the age of 12 he moved back to Memphis Tennessee until he graduated high school. It was around the age of 12, that Laurence really believed that he had a chance to do something special in the game of basketball.
He is a proud alumnus of St. Georges’ Independent School and The University of Missouri. During his time at The University of Missouri, he became one of the winningest Tigers in the university’s history, and he also became the first active-scholarship player to receive a Master’s Degree in five years. He has a passion for the game of basketball that runs deep. Basketball is what kept him focused during the struggles of growing up while encountering numerous forms of adversity. Basketball has also brought him a lot of success both collegiately and professionally, but he truly feels the victory of success through inspiring kids to be the best version of themselves.
The name of his LLC, “LBO”, was a nickname given to him in college and has stuck with him until this day. LBO is a short play of words, connecting the first initial of his first name “L” with the first two letters of his surname, Bowers. He, his wife, Feven, and daughter Fiyori, currently live in Columbia, Missouri as he is in transition to start off his college coaching career. Laurence has traveled all over the world with the game of basketball. He most recently finished his 5th year as a professional in Italy where he decided to conclude his playing career after winning his first and only professional championship.
During each of the previous off-seasons, Laurence has hosted his annual youth basketball camps in addition to his “Lessons From LBO” training regime. Two summers ago, along with The Brooklyn Nets’ Demarre Carroll, LBO hosted the 1st ever “Carroll & Bowers’ Alumni Game”, which was a big success in the state of Missouri! In addition to his basketball ventures, he often guest speaks at various community events, camps, banquets, etc. Laurence is always working with the youth in the community to help them become better athletes and people. He always states how it took many people and organizations to get him to the point that he currently is, and that he solely wants to reciprocate it!