Lawrence Westbrook, the No. 81 ranked player in the class of 2006, is a very hot recruiting commodity. Numerous coaching staffs are flocking to Arizona to watch the 6-foot, 193-pound combo guard from Chandler (Ariz.) High School workout.
“We have heard from the Pac-10, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12,” said Westbrook’s father Larry Westbrook. “Kansas, Kentucky, DePaul, Syracuse, Memphis, California, Michigan, Arizona State, Northwestern, Colorado, Pepperdine, and USC to name a few.
According to Mr. Westbrook, DePaul, Memphis, California, Arizona State, Colorado, and Pepperdine have all offered the younger Westbrook.
Quite a long list of schools have either watched Westbrook workout or are scheduled to come into Arizona to watch him. The list includes DePaul, Colorado, USC, California, Syracuse, Nebraska, Connecticut, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, NC State, and Northwestern.
One in-state school that has been playing it cool so far is Arizona.
“The U of A is in a situation where they are interested in recruiting Lawrence hard,” said Mr. Westbrook. “They don’t know what will happen at his position, and if they lose some guys to the league, they want to be in a position to get Lawerence.”
Right now Westbrook is getting ahead of the game by focusing on his academics.
“The focus right now is on the SAT,” said Mr. Westbrook. “Lawrence has a 3.7 GPA and his core curriculum is in tact. After he takes the test in October, we will take some visits in the winter.”
The cousin of both NFL player Brian Westbrook and NBA player Travis Best, Westbrook is a dynamic scorer who already possesses the strength of a high major player.
Last year as a sophomore, he averaged 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.