Posted September 10, 2013

Report: Washington lands Fresno State transfer Robert Upshaw

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Robert Shaw averaged a disappointing 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game his freshman year. (Chris Butler/Idaho Statesman/MCT via Getty Images)

Robert Shaw averaged a disappointing 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game his freshman year. (Chris Butler/Idaho Statesman/MCT via Getty Images)

Robert Upshaw, a well-regarded big man who was booted from hometown Fresno State after two suspensions, will resume his career at Washington, ESPN.com reported on Tuesday.

“I had a nice visit with both Washington and Oregon,” Upshaw told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “I just felt like Washington was a better fit for me as a player.

“I liked it there, I felt comfortable and am looking forward to a new start.”

Upshaw never came close to living up to expectations for the Bulldogs, winding up his freshman season averaging just 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in 22 contests.

With the relative dearth of big men in the Class of 2014 out west, though, picking up Upshaw and letting him have a year without playing games is a reasonable gamble for the Huskies. If Upshaw can get himself straightened out, Washington brought in a player for next season that should be better than what they could have found elsewhere, and Upshaw gets a second chance to cash in on his potential.

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