Westbrook's Decision is Imminent

The new regime of Head Basketball Coach Herb Sendek has hit the ground running in Tempe. Ten days following his hiring, the new Sun Devil skipper has already lured four-star shooting guard Russell Westbrook for an unofficial visit, which in all likelihood will be his last trip before he delivers his decision on the college of his choice. Devils Digest talked to the 2006 prospect following his visit, about his impressions of the maroon and gold.

The stock of shooting guard Russell Westbrook, a 6-3 175 senior from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale (Calif.), has risen dramatically during his senior season. The three-year starter went from a scoring average of 11.5 per game in his junior year to an average of 24.2 in his senior season. He also collected 8.4 rebounds per contest, and was the team leader in three-point baskets (57) and blocks (18). His team finished 25-4.

This proverbial late bloomer has solid outside shooting skills, and uses his length and athleticism to be able to defend both guard positions. He's a good rebounder, as well as a good decision maker with the ball. "I need to get bigger," admitted Westbrook. "I'm a good defender and rebounder."

Prior to his senior campaign he attracted the attention of mid-major schools such as Creighton and Kent State. Earlier this year, high-major schools such as Miami (FL) and Wake Forrest came calling, and lately Pac-10 schools Arizona State and UCLA are figuring heavily in the mix. Washington and Oregon have also shown interest, but since he didn't visit them they aren't viable option sin his recruiting.

"It was a good visit," said Westbrook of his trip this past weekend. "The players were nice, the facilities were nice and the coaches are real cool. I was impressed with how big the school is." The shooting guard stated that the Sun Devils have been recruiting him since the Final Four (the same time Sendek was hired), and the strong impression the ASU coach has left from the start convinced him to trip to ASU in an unofficial capacity. "He's a very nice person, and he thoroughly explained everything to me about the school. So I wanted to check it out for myself."

Westbrook doesn't have a favorite and said that he could sign with either ASU, UCLA, Miami (FL), or Wake Forrest. "It doesn't matter to be if I play close to home or not," he claimed. "I'm open to anything. I'm gonna make my decision in a couple of days. It's gonna come down to playing time, the coaches, the players and how good an education I can get."

With a 3.7 GPA Westbrook is academically qualified and will be eligible to play this fall.

Sun Devil Source Top Stories