Westbrook Back on Board

Lawrence Westbrook is back on the board. After giving Memphis a verbal commitment, he's decided to to re-open his recruitment.

Lawrence Westbrook is back on the board.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Winchendon (Mass.) senior guard, who gave Memphis a verbal commitment last week, has opted to re-open his recruitment.

``They still have a scholarship offer on the table," Westbrook's father, Larry, said. "But at this point, they've got a lot of good guards they are continuing to recruit and the best situation is for Lawrence to explore all his options."

One of the reasons for the commitment was because Larry Westbrook is from Massachusetts and knew Memphis coach John Calipari from his days with UMass.

``Lawrence is good enough to go somewhere and not have to be involved in a numbers game," he added. "There are schools out there who would love to have a player of his caliber."

``We appreciate everything that Memphis has done, but it's in the best interest to keep his recruitment at this time and focus on his game and his academics," Larry Westbrook continued.

Westbrook averaged 42 points per game last season at Chandler High (Ariz.) and should be the primary scoring threat for Mike Byrnes at Winchendon. He's a big-time scorer who just needs to get used to playing with talented players.

``From here on out, Coach (Mike) Byrnes will be handling my son's recruitment," Mr. Westbrook said. ``His recruitment is open and it'll go through Coach Byrnes and myself."

``We just want to make sure we find the best situation for Lawrence," he added. "There are no hard feelings with Memphis. We like Memphis and they like him, but it may not be the best situation."

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