The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry won first place in the Professional Basketball Writers Association annual contest for his profile of Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.
Mayberry's story “Where did this guy come from: Now an all-star, Westbrook traveled a long road to the NBA,” chronicles Westbrook path from Ross Snyder Park in Los Angeles to the NBA. The story first published February 20, 2011 on the day of Westbrook's NBA All-Star Game debut and is available now on NewsOK.com.
The story won the PBWA contest in the features category.
Mayberry has covered the NBA in Oklahoma City since 2005, first as the beat writer covering the Hornets. He's a graduate of Norfolk (Va.) State University.