Laurie Opts For Big 12

Spencer Laurie's the kind of guy who shoots a layup every now and then to let you know he's crossed half court. With the kind of range he has on his jumper, the guard from Kickapoo would rather have three points than the customary two. On Wednesday, he reached a college decision.

Missouri Lands Combo Guard

On Wednesday, Spencer Laurie realized a dream. After considering Minnesota, North Carolina State and Southwest Missouri State, Laurie offered the Missouri Tigers a commitment.

"I've always wanted to play for Missouri and now I got the chance to and I'm excited," Laurie said. "I've been a fan since I can remember."

Laurie isn't the normal fan. His father Barry once laced them up for the Tigers. Taking it a step further, his uncle could hoop too and he played at Memphis. But it's Laurie who gets to let it fly next season in Columbia.

"I know I'm going to have to go and earn my time and do whatever it takes. I think combo [guard] is probably more of what I'm headed toward. I think I move well without the ball and I can handle it some."

Actually, he forgot his top trait, shooting. "That's what I like to do most," Laurie chuckled. Last season in the first game of his junior year, Laurie opened up with the usual 32-point performance. But, it wasn't a usual 32 points. He connected on 10-for-16 from behind the 3-point arc.

Missouri wants to bring in as many as five kids this season. To do that, they'll need a little help. So, there's a chance that Laurie does exactly what Lee Melchionni did last season for Duke. Like Laurie, Melchionni had numerous scholarship offers. Lee's father was a player at Duke and Melchionni opted to walk-on for the Blue Devils. The result was Duke signing a super six-man recruiting class.

Laurie can expect to earn playing time as a freshman and will be scholarshiped as a sophomore, his second year in the program. He said despite his father having played for the Tigers, Laurie had other reasons for picking Mizzou.

"That wasn't my main factor. I wanted to make sure I went where I felt more comfortable and Missouri is where it was. I've come to have a really good relationship with [Quin Snyder]. I feel real comfortable with him and the entire coaching staff."

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