The UCLA Bruins basketball program features countless NBA stars in the program’s history, but none donated as much as Russell Westbrook, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Westbrook made the largest contribution by a former basketball player, according the University. The donation will go towards the construction of the Mo Ostin Basketball Center on the Westwood Campus.
The specific amount of Westbrook’s donation was not disclosed. However, it is a significant part of the $17 million in private funds raised for the men’s and women’s basketball practice facility, according to UCLA.
From 2006-08, Westbrook helped the Bruins reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in both seasons. He was later drafted at the top of the NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he jumped at the opportunity to help the University that helped him.
Westbrook said in a statement, “I am truly honored to be part of the legacy that is Bruin basketball.”
The facility’s practice floor will be named the Russell Westbrook Court. The Bruin alumni and current Thunder superstar will be honored by UCLA on Jan. 7, as the face the Arizona Wildcats.
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