Shane Laurie has been an integral part of the Bears' offense, defense and floor game his three years as an MSU letterman . . . He is a solid three-point shooter and ball handler who also possesses leadership skills he will be called on to demonstrate as the only three-year letterman on the 2008-09 team . . .He is one of three returning starters from last year's squad and will vie for starting time again as the only three-time letter winner on the 2008-09 squad.
Started 17 games as a junior, averaging 25 minutes per game . . . Was fourth on the team in assists (59), three-point field goals (36), and three-point attempts (93), while making good on 40-percent of his field goal attempts . . . Finished 15th in the Missouri Valley Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.387) . . . Scored in double figures five times, including a career-best 17-point outburst at Hammons Student Center against UNC-Wilmington (12/5/07) . . . Hit for 13 points against Alabama (12/22/07) and added 10 in the team's MVC Tournament win over Evansville (3/6/08) . . . Matched a career high with six assists vs. Bradley (1/2/08) and led the team in assists four times, including five at Illinois State (2/13/08) . . . Hit at least one three-pointer in 21 games, including multiple threes in 12 times . . . Had three treys in three games on the season - all off the bench -- including home wins over St. Louis (11/21/07) and UNC-Wilmington (12/5/07) and road effort at Northern Iowa (1/20/08) . . . Started alongside brother Spencer on two occasions - 11/10/07 at Toledo and 2/6/08 at Bradley.
Saw action in all 33 MSU games . . . Earned his only starting assignment of the season in the Bears' game at Evansville (1/21/07) . . . He had three double-figure scoring games, scoring 11 at home vs. Bradley (1/27/07), and 10 each vs. Lincoln (11/21/06) and at Drake (1/31/07) . . . He hit two threes in three straight games in late January and was 9-of-16 shooting in those outings . . . Grabbed a career-high six rebounds vs. Toledo (11/11/06) . . . Matched career high with four steals at St. Louis (12/18/06) . . . Reached double digits in minutes played in all but five games . . . Tallied 50 assists and 26 steals on the season.
Was steady his entire first year and became more valuable when thrust into the starting lineup the last 13 games of the season and 14 overall . . . Got his first start at Evansville (1/5/06) . . . Tied for third on the team with his 37 steals . . . His lone double-figure point outing was 12 at Indiana State (1/29/06) on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 treys . . . Scored in 25 of 31 games, despite averaging just three shots a game . . . Laurie's 12 points and good shooting at Indiana State, coupled with his nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field game at Bradley (1/25/06) four nights earlier got him selection as Valley Newcomer of the Week . . . He added five assists and four steals over those two games . . . Had a career-high six assists vs. Georgia Southern (12/2/05) . . . Scored six vs. Stanford (3/17/06) in the NIT first round and nine vs. Houston (3/20/06) in the NIT second round.
Was first-team all-state as a senior, averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Kickapoo High School in Springfield for MSU alum Roy Green . . . Was named a finalist for Mr. Show-Me Basketball in 2004-05 for team that team that won league and district titles and finished third in the state . . . Led Chiefs (26-4) to Ozark Conference title and state quarterfinals in 2003-04, while averaging 18 points and earning second-team all-state honors . . . Laurie played on one of the top prep teams in Missouri history as a sophomore . . . Kickapoo was 30-1 with a state title and No. 14 national ranking from USA TODAY in 2002-03 . . . Also played two years of football at Kickapoo, seeing time at varsity quarterback his junior season and at free safety both seasons.
Shane Jackson Laurie was born July 8, 1986, in Springfield, Mo. . . . He is the son of Barry and Gayle Laurie of Springfield, Mo. . . Father Barry played basketball at Missouri and brother Spencer Laurie is a Bears' guard . . . He is majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration at MSU.
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Shane was awarded the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance National Sportsmanship Award in 2005 . . . His most-memorable game as a Bear came in home win over No. 20 Drake in the final game at Hammons Student Center . . . Favorite TV show is "24" . . . Favorite food is sushi . . . Also enjoys fishing and playing golf . . . Nickname is "Shuga Shane."