Robert Upshaw, a 7-foot center from San Joaquin High School (CA), has chosen to attend hometown school Fresno State. Upshaw, a 4-star player and currently the 12th best center in the Class of 2012, had previously committed to Kansas State but never signed a letter of intent, allowing him to reopen his recruitment after then Kansas State head coach Frank Martin left the school for South Carolina. At that time, Upshaw had also been considering Fresno State, Louisville and Georgetown.
After reopening his commitment, Upshaw released very little information regarding where he was looking. This led ESPN recruiting guru Dave Telep to name a hodgepodge list of potential suitors, including Georgetown, Kentucky, UNLV, Oklahoma State, USC, Oregon, Washington and others. In sum: no one knew what the hell was going on with Upshaw's recruitment, including his own mother.
Since I was unable to make it to ANTONIO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT in River Park today, I cannot to provide a first-hand account of his announcement. But here is a synopsis based on the tweets of Andy Boogard, a reporter for the Fresno Bee.
When making his final decision, only Washington, Cal, USC, and Fresno State hats were on the table, an indication that Upshaw, labeled a "California Baby" by his mother, had no interest in leaving the west. But of course, the scene was missing the theatrics now required of all high school recruiting announcements, and Upshaw pulled out a box containing what possibly could be the hat of a fifth school. EGAD!!!! Thirty minutes later, Upshaw picked Fresno State. Bigger mystery: I don't know what was in that damn box.
In other recruiting news, Georgetown has 5-star small forward Devonta Pollard from Mississippi on campus today and has an in-home visit with 2012 center Bradley Hayes this week in Jacksonville, Florida. With combo guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and forward Brandon Bolden heading to the Hilltop in the fall, Georgetown has a total of two scholarships remaining for the Classes of 2012 and 2013.