It doesn't look like it's going to
be such a happy marriage after all between Iowa State and Lawrence Westbrook. In a conversation between Westbrook's father
and an administrative staff member at
"The dad would feel more comfortable if his son were able to have the release. I talked to the father last night probably around 10:30. The dad said that he had put a phone call into one of the athletic directors; I don't know who the person was. He was going to talk to the athletic director today and once he did that he was going to get a release for his son," said Westbrook's prep school coach Mike Byrnes.
It's not that simple though. In
today's world of college basketball,
"I also told the dad to please
call me and leave me a message to let me know that you have talked to the
athletic director. Once he did talk to the athletic director, I would then call
the parties that need to be called, meaning the internet sites so that college
coaches know that
The call still hasn't come.
"I have not talked to the dad today. I asked the dad to call me today. I wanted him to tell me when everything was clear as far as both parties go," said Byrnes.
So why wouldn't
"The staff wanted to come in next
Wednesday to watch
In defense of his son, Westbrook's
father began asking the
"The dad continued to ask the
question, where does my son fit in? They would say that they were very
interested but they couldn't be 100% committed because nobody had seen
According to Byrnes, the staff is still planning on making the trip to the northeast to watch Westbrook play next Wednesday. How the Westbrook family will respond is now the question.
"In theory they are going to come in on Wednesday. Obviously the Westbrook's are not happy. They don't like this turn of events," said Byrnes.
So what happens now if
"The dad said that you are more
than welcome to come and see my son play but I find it hard to believe that he
would want to go back to
This situation is not over. The release is still yet to be seen by the Westbrook's and Greg McDermott's staff is still planning on seeing Westbrook on Wednesday. Now, what are the chances of Westbrook wearing a Cyclone uniform next season?
"I would seem to believe unless something changes dramatically in the next couple of days that the parties will be going in opposite directions," said Byrnes.
Nothing is official, but it's getting close.
"I haven't officially heard back from the dad. I have not heard 100% back from the dad that they have gotten that release but as far as I was lead to believe by both parties in the decision making process, he was going to get his release."
CN will keep you posted.