(Photo courtesy of Mr. Irrelevant)
How's that for an introduction? Certainly better than being introduced like the opposition was to Westbrook in these next 2 videos:
A different way of starting these posts, I know, but when you have a picture and highlight clips that good, you have to run with it. Now, on to the crux: Relevant links with my brief commentary.
A Profile of “one of college basketball's budding stars” – A bif of a fluff piece from Press-Enterprise, but still interesting to read. Encouraging to see how much progress he has made in developing his game.
ESPN Draft Watch: The stars come out in Orlando – (Yes, again) – “If you compared Westbrook and Augustin head-to-head in just the drills, Westbrook would win hands down. However, it's his ability to be a floor leader in the game that teams still question.”
Kenpom's stats for Westbrook – Compare his numbers with Collison's…and, like above with Augustin, Westbrook seems to hold his own and then some (not to mention, he is also 3+ inches taller than both).
ESPN with the traditional stats – Nice improvements on free throw shooting and assists to turnovers from his freshman to sophomore years.
ESPN's Draft Tracker Card for Westbrook – “Seems to improve every time he steps on the floor.”
NBADraft.net and their take on Russell – They knock him for his lack of size – which is an issue if he is a shooting guard, but he has good size for a point, at 6'-3″, with a 6'-7.75″ wingspan (see DraftExpress for the prospect measurements.
And the take from DraftExpress – Best Case: Leandro Barbosa (my thought on the comparison? With less 3-point shooting and more defense).
One last video:
Anthony Randolph – 6'11″ PF, LSU