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Russell Westbrook makes history-making donation to UCLA

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Russell Westbrook has made the largest financial donation to UCLA ever received from a former Bruins basketball player, per a statement issued Monday by the university.

“I loved my time at UCLA and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” Westbrook is quoted as saying in the statement, via The Los Angeles Times. “I am truly honored to be part of the legacy that is Bruin basketball.”

Westbrook starred for the Bruins basketball program from 2006-08, leading the team to the Final Four in consecutive seasons. The amount of his donation was not disclosed — it was noted as “significant” in the statement — but the financial contribution will go toward the construction of the Mo Ostin Basketball Center on campus. The practice floor at the center will be named the “Russell Westbrook Court” in his honor.

“Russell himself is an inspiration,” Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said. “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.”

Guerrero is referring to a scheduled appearance by Westbrook at UCLA’s game against the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 7, during which the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar will be honored for his contribution.

Westbrook has established a well-deserved reputation due to his passionate commitment to community service throughout his NBA career. His history-making donation to his former school may not be exactly a charitable donation in a pure, community-oriented sense, but Bruins basketball obviously appreciates the gesture.