Monday December 14th, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has made the largest donation by a former basketball student-athlete to UCLA's Mo Ostin Basketball Center project, the university announced.

The practice floor inside the program’s facility will be known as Russell Westbrook Court.

“Russell isn’t merely a dominant force in the NBA, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the community as well,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a press release. “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.”

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UCLA has now raised about $17 million in private funds towards the Mo Ostin Basketball Center. Plans call for $25 million in private funding for its construction. Groundbreaking for the building took place in August.

Westbrook played two seasons for the Bruins, leading the team to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2007 and 2008. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his sophomore year before being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics with the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft.

Westbrook will be honored at UCLA's home game against the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 7.

- Christopher Chavez

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