6-11 center Robert Upshaw looks on track to play UW basketball this season
Transfer from Fresno State, whose status had appeared in doubt, is taking part in team activies with Huskies.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Basketball center Robert Upshaw is participating in team activities for the Washington Huskies just like every other player, a UW spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Upshaw, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound redshirt sophomore center who transferred to Washington after spending one season at Fresno State, is apparently on track to play this season – his first at UW.
Upshaw sat out last season, by NCAA rule, and his future at Washington appeared in doubt in March when coach Lorenzo Romar said he was “not sure” if Upshaw would be on the team for the 2014-15 season. Romar was also non-committal in August.
Romar, who was not available for comment Tuesday, said Upshaw needed to focus on off-the-court issues, when asked why the big man was not on the bench for home games in the latter half of the 2013-14 season.
As a senior at Fresno’s San Joaquin Memorial, Upshaw averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks per game and was named the co-Player of the Year in the County/Metro Athletic Conference. He was rated the No. 4 prospect in California and 55th in the nation in ESPN’s top 100 list in 2012. Upshaw originally committed to Kansas State, but backed out of the verbal agreement before landing at Fresno State.
He averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 22 games during the 2012-13 season at Fresno State before being dismissed after repeated violations of team rules.
Washington plays Saint Martin’s in an exhibition Nov. 6, and the Huskies’ regular-season opener is Nov. 14 against South Carolina State.