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Russell Westbrook Gives Largest Contribution To UCLA By Former Basketball Player

Dec 14, 2015 11:51 AM

UCLA will name the floor of the Men's Basketball practice facility Russell Westbrook Court after his significant financial contribution.

The gift is the largest by a former basketball student-athlete in UCLA history.

"Russell isn’t merely a dominant force in the NBA, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the community as well,” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “While his Why Not? Foundation’s mission is to inspire the lives of children and teach them to never give up, the fact of the matter is, having witnessed firsthand and from afar his growth over the years, Russell himself is an inspiration. We could not be more proud of his leadership both on and off the court since he left Westwood, and I know the Bruin faithful will be excited to welcome him back home next month and thank him for this tremendous gift.”

Westbrook played two seasons at UCLA.

"I loved my time at UCLA and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” said Westbrook. “I am truly honored to be part of the legacy that is Bruin basketball.”

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Kevon Looney Believes UCLA's Offense Has Prepared Him For NBA

Jun 24, 2015 5:40 PM

Like many of his fellow draftees, Kevon Looney only spent one season in college, but he believes playing in UCLA’s offense has prepared him to make a smooth transition into the NBA. He is a good ballhandler for his size (6’9”) thanks to some point guard duties in high school and has flashed an ability to score in the pick-and-roll effectively. 

"The structure of playing at UCLA," Looney said when asked how the school helped prepare him to go pro. "Coach [Steve] Alford ran a lot of pro sets, so during workouts I kind of knew what to expect. That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve taken from college, that and the travel. At UCLA you have a lot of media responsibilities too, so you learn to carry yourself like a professional.”

The Milwaukee native is one of several prospects that will benefit from an NBA-caliber strength program. He knows that refining his skill set will come easier if his body is better prepared.

"Improving my body,” he said when asked what he’ll focus on once drafted. "I can improve it all in terms of my skill set. I can become a better shooter, better passer, better ballhandler, but my body will be the biggest key to all that.”

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