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By Kent Larsen

Wisconsin Hopeful About Sharp-Shooting RM

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- Ricky Bowers returned from an LDS mission in Poland in May, and now has a spot on the University of Wisconsin's basketball team. Highly regarded as a freshman at Ricks College, Bowers ability to contribute is one of the few questions for the team. But Bowers says his shot is there, and he expects to be in shape for the season.

"The shooting is always there, and the mental game is still there. As far as the physical conditioning, that was completely gone," said Bowers. "I came back, and the first day I got back into the gym, I took four or five hard shots, and I was already winded. My legs were dead." Bowers figures from talking to other returned missionaries that it will take six months from his return to get the conditioning back, which would put him in shape about the time the season starts, November 21st.

In addition to Wisconsin, Bowers was recruited by Vanderbilt, Southern California and Utah, but went with Wisconsin because of a scholarship instead of Utah's request that he play at a junior college for a year. Wisconsin also agreed to let him skip Sunday practice and games.


Badgers counting on missionary
Minneapolis MN Star-Tribune (Milwaukee Journal) 30Oct00 S2
By Mark Stewart: Milwaukee Journal


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