Oh, what could have been…
Doug McDermott said it so well on Monday afternoon when he tweeted a unique photo of Russell Westbrook‘s official visit criteria from 2005.
Westbrook visited the Bluejays’ campus back in September of 2005, but he ended up choosing UCLA Bruins as his collegiate destination. After two seasons with the Bruins, Westbrook decided to go pro and was selected with the No. 4 overall pick. He has turned into an all-pro superstar with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but yes, believe it or not, he once considered the Creighton Bluejays.
Now, McDermott and Westbrook never would have had the opportunity to play together even if Westbrook had decided to attend Creighton. Westbrook booked it for the NBA back in 2008 and McDermott didn’t enter the collegiate ranks until the 2010-11 season, but still — it would’ve been something.
Take a look at the official visit photo below:
What coulda been.. twitter.com/dougmcd3/statu…
— Doug McDermott (@dougmcd3) May 20, 2013
Westbrook’s game ironically enough, never really took off until he reached the NBA level. Just think of how much Ben Howland is pondering that exact thought process. Westbook averaged only nine minutes per game as a freshman in 2006-07 and as a sophomore the following year, he averaged 12.3 points per game. Think about that, especially considering he averaged 23.2 points just this past season with Oklahoma City.
Yes, Westbrook is one of those players who has seen his game explode at the NBA level, but then again McDermott is right… what could have been…
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