Robert Upshaw, a premiere big man in the Class of 2012, revealed his top nine schools Sunday. In a telephone conversation, Upshaw listed the latest schools to make the cut: Arizona, Fresno State, Georgetow, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UNLV and USC.
"I'm treating all nine equally," said Upshaw. "I'm taking it one step at a time and the next step is to have the coaches visit me at home once they're allowed to in September."
Upshaw closed out a successful spring and summer with a strong showing in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Adidas Super 64 (late July) and an equally impressive performance at the Adidas Nations in Los Angeles, Calif. earlier this month. Upshaw battled against all the top big men in the 2012 class and not only held his own but outclassed his opponents on multiple occasions.
Of all the 2012 bigs, Upshaw is likely the most polished on the offensive end with a mid-range face up game to match his back-to-the basket play where he can score over either shoulder. As Upshaw's conditioning continues to improve (he's already in solid shape) his proverbial "ceiling" will only get higher.
"I'm taking a progressive approach to my game," said Upshaw. "My strengths are rebounding, scoring, shooting from 10-17 feet, blocking and passing. Passing out of double and triple teams."
As for weaknesses, Upshaw does not have a true weakness but does see an area of his game that he is trying to improve everyday.
"My mobility. Getting my motor going and becoming a better athlete."
Upshaw is a 7-foot-0, 275-pound center. He is rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and prepstars.com with a player grade of 96.
According to Upshaw, he doesn't anticipate narrowing his list further until he has an opportunity to welcome coaching staffs from his top 9 schools into his home for visits. Following, the September contact period, Upshaw will then decide which schools he plans to take official visits to.
Upshaw added that playing for San Jaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. will not deter him from leaving the west coast to play college basketball. Upshaw did say that his location has enabled him to already take unofficial visits to Fresno State and USC.
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