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High Flyer (Charlie Westbrook)

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Great shooting and tough inside post presence.  Those are the things the USD men's basketball team has been built on for years.  But this season, the Coyotes have added a new facet to their game in the form of Charlie Westbrook's incredible athleticism.

"Charlie's definitely a high flyer," said teammate Louie Krogman.  "He comes in here and he brings energy to our team.  He can really get up and defend you if he wants to and he just adds the athleticism that we haven't had in the past here ever."

Westbrook transferred from Iowa Western, a junior college, to play in Vermillion this year.  Since then he has become one of the teams most effective and electrifying players.

"Charlie has been everything we had hoped for.  Probably even more," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Dave Boots.  "We knew he was gonna be a good athlete.  We knew he was something that we didn't have.  We didn't have a player like him with that kind of athletic ability and stuff, but he's done everything we've asked of him."

Westbrook has made an immediate impact in his first year at USD.  So far this season, he leads the team in steals and in scoring, averaging 16 and a half points per game.

"While they were recruiting me, they told me I had to come in and work hard, but they also told me it was a chance for me to blossom and I think I'm doing that now," said Westbrook.

Westbrook admits though that he still has more to accomplish, and so does his team as they continue their transition to Division I.

"We're still learning," said Westbrook.  "But I think in the next year or two we'll be tough.  Tough to beat."

As far as those dunks go, Westbrook says he doesn't get too excited anymore.  He's been making plays like these for years.  But he does like swinging the momentum in USD's favor.

"It is a confidence booster for our team and it helps turn the game around when our crowd gets in the game," said Westbrook.

How could they not when Charlie Westbrook is in the game.  He's a different type of player than USD fans are used to seeing.

Portions of video courtesy of Midcontinent Sports Network.
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