The Washington Huskies are coming off of one of their worst losses of the year against Utah, and now have released who my buddy Gianfrancesco Genoso argues to be their best player on the team. Robert Upshaw leads the nation in block shots, averaged 8.2 rebounds, 10.9 points, shot 59 percent from the field and produced six double-doubles on the year http://seattletimes.com/html/huskybasketball/2025550843_uwmenupshawdismissed27xml.html.
The 21 year old was forecasted by DraftExpress.com as the number 19 overall selection in the upcoming 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. This is the second school that has let Upshaw leave their program. After getting let go at Fresno State, which included two suspensions and a final third violation of team rules, Upshaw chose to attend Washington over Oregon and UCLA.
Upshaw has been under a strict policy while attending Washington that included multiple drug tests. ESPN reported that Upshaw failed many of said tests. Washington started their season with an 11 and zero record but has since dropped five of their last eight contests. Upshaw, a 7-foot center, broke Washington’s single season block shots mark in a mere 16 games. Yet the 21 year old has yet to solve his substance abuse issue, and hence, puts a question on his ability to play in the NBA. After leaving Fresno State, Upshaw spent the summer attending a Houston based drug treatment program ran by former NBA player John Lucas http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/washington-dismisses-troubled-nba-prospect-robert-upshaw-013702065.html. Losing Upshaw will likely remove Washington’s chances at an NCAA tournament bid. Of note, Coach Lorenzo Romar had never dismissed a player in his 14 year tenure.