Lawrence Westbrook Commits to Gophers

Lawrence Westbrook, a 6-0 185-pound combo guard from Winchendon (MA) School, who recently received a release from his letter with Iowa State, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to his recruitment. Westbrook visited the Minnesota campus this weekend and attend the Gopher spring football practice. He is the third newcomer to the 2006-07 roster for the Gophers, who are still recruiting several JC players.

Lawrence Westbrook set an all-time Arizona State scoring record, averaging 40.1 points per game at Chandler High before before deciding to spend a season at the prep power.

Westbrook had committed to Memphis, but changed his mind and decided to re-open his recruitment. Iowa State became involved once a scholarship earmarked for Theo Davis became available and he committed to Cyclones after visiting the campus.

However, with Cyclone head coach Wayne Morgan being recently released of his coaching duties by the school, Westbrook's father, Larry Westbrook, met with new ISU head coach Greg McDermott. According to sources close to the Westbrook family, the meeting did not go well, as McDermott indicated to Larry Westbrook his intentions of bringing in his own players to Iowa State, and that it might be best for Lawrence Westbrook to look elsewhere.

Westbrook, who committed to Iowa State in October and then signed in November, also had offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Memphis, New Mexico, Syracuse, Pepperdine, San Diego and others.

Westbrook was the nation's top scorer as a junior, averaging 40.1 points per game at Chandler HS. He also led Hal Pastner's Easter Classic in scoring last spring (2005), as well as the Bob Gibbon's Tournament of Champions.

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