Rivals.com knew Lawrence Westbrook, the No. 81 ranked player in the class of 2006, could get a shot and make it any time he had the ball on the basketball court after scouting him at the Nike Hoop Jamboree and the adidas Super 64. And under the new tutelage of head coach Trevor Brown at Chandler (Ariz.) High School, Westbrook is scoring points like no other player in America. As expected, numerous schools are trying to get in on the 6-foot, 193-pound combo guard.
"It has been wonderful to watch his basketball IQ grow," said Westbrook's father Larry Westbrook. "And he still has the same work ethic and has remained humble. His new Coach Mike Ellsworth has given him the opportunity to take over games, and Lawrence has been able to flourish."
In fact, flourish is an understatement. Westbrook is actually averaging 44 plus points per game in a total of 10 games, of which 7 were wins. In three games he has scored 53 points, and his lowest output of the year was 27 points. He is shooting at a 53 percent clip from the field, 44 percent from the arc and 85 percent from the line.
Both Michigan and Georgia Tech have been in recently to watch him, and Syracuse is expected in soon. North Carolina State and Oklahoma have also been to Arizona since the season began according to Mr. Westbrook. He also mentioned Kansas, USC and Gonzaga as being prominent in his son's recruitment.
When asked about a school list, Mr. Westbrook was hesitant.
"I don't know that that would be wise right now," he said. "There are schools that he likes because of loyalty for them recruiting him this summer during the AAU season."
Mr. Westbrook did note that Northwestern, California, Memphis, Pepperdine, San Diego, Colorado and New Mexico have all made definite scholarship offers.