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K-State lands center Robert Upshaw

The Kansas State basketball team is expected to pick up its second commitment of the month later today. Robert Upshaw, a 7-foot center from Fresno, Cali., will announce his intentions to play for the Wildcats this afternoon in a ceremony at his high school, according to several reports. ranks Upshaw as the No. 8 center in the country, and as the 43rd overall prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.

His mother, Ceylon Sherman, told he chose K-State over Georgetown, Fresno State and others, because he felt comfortable playing in Manhattan.

“It was a close run,” Sherman said. “He had a lot of great schools, but when it came down to it, him and all of us family just all had Kansas State. For Robert, it was about how much he liked the guys out there. He had chemistry with them.”

Laimonas Chatkevicius, a 7-footer from Lithuania who plays for an AAU team in Kansas City, committed to K-State last week. Jamar Samuels is the Wildcats’ only scholarship senior. So a scholarship will need to be freed up for both to play at K-State next season.