Friday April 3rd, 2015

Before Russell Westbrook was a triple-double machine and MVP candidate, he was turning heads at UCLA alongside Kevin Love. After averaging just nine minutes a game his freshman year (2006-07) as a backup to Darren Collison, Westbrook broke out his sophomore year, averaging 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals in leading the Bruins back to the Final Four. As Maniac Russ, his alter-ego discussed in Lee Jenkins recent profile of the Thunder point guard, prepares for the playoffs, we look back at his two-year career at UCLA.

2006 Maui Invitational (UCLA vs. Georgia Tech)
2006 Maui Invitational (UCLA vs. Georgia Tech)
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Texas at UCLA, Dec. 2007
Texas at UCLA, Dec. 2007
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UCLA at Arizona, March 2008 (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love)
UCLA at Arizona, March 2008 (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love)
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2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs (Michael Clark and Russell Westbrook)
2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs (Michael Clark and Russell Westbrook)
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Stanford at UCLA, March 2008 (Russell Westbrook and Robin Lopez)
Stanford at UCLA, March 2008 (Russell Westbrook and Robin Lopez)
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Stanford at UCLA, March 2008
Stanford at UCLA, March 2008
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2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs
2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs
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2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs
2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs
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2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs (James Keefe, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Kevin Love, Josh Shipp, and Russell Westbrook)
2008 NCAA West Regional Playoffs (James Keefe, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Kevin Love, Josh Shipp, and Russell Westbrook)
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2008 Elite Eight
2008 Elite Eight
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2008 Elite Eight
2008 Elite Eight
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2008 Elite Eight (Russell Westbrook and Sean Miller)
2008 Elite Eight (Russell Westbrook and Sean Miller)
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2008 Final Four
2008 Final Four
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2008 Final Four
2008 Final Four
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2008 Final Four
2008 Final Four
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2008 Final Four
2008 Final Four
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