Westbrook Headed to Big 12

The last time Lawrence Westbrook gave a verbal commitment, it didn't work out quite the way he would have liked. But this time the high-scoring guard has pledged again - and this one will likely stick.

Iowa State had success with the last guard they plucked out of Winchendon (Mass.), so head coach Wayne Morgan opted to go back to the well.

Lawrence Westbrook, a 6-foot, 190-pound guard from Arizona who is spending the season at Winchendon, committed to the Cyclones this weekend while on an official visit.

Former Winchendon guard Curtis Stinson hosted Westbrook on the visit.

``He was comfortable with the staff and the players," Winchendon coach Mike Byrnes said. "He's looking forward to playing with - and behind - Curtis and Will Blalock for a year and he's convinced he'll play a lot of minutes his sophomore year."

There was some confusion recently when Westbrook told Scout.com that he had verbally committed to Memphis and the Tigers staff informed Westbrook that they were not in the position to take him at that time.

Westbrook then caught the attention of Iowa State when a scholarship opened up after Theo Davis re-opened his recruitment – and Morgan and his staff acted quickly.

``Everyone knows Lawrence can score the basketball, but he's been working on his conditioning and realizing the difference between a good and a bad shot in the two months he's been here," Byrnes added. "He's done a phenomenal job and has been a great teammate. He's learning how to play with four other good players on the floor and not having to do everything himself."

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