Kansas State University

Second 7-footer commits to Kansas State basketball team

MANHATTAN — Kansas State picked up its second men's basketball commitment of the month today. Robert Upshaw, a 7-foot center from Fresno, Calif., will announced his intentions to play for the Wildcats in a ceremony at his high school.

Rivals.com ranks Upshaw as the No. 8 center in the country, and as the 43rd overall prospect in the 2012 recruiting class. He chose K-State over Georgetown, Louisville, Fresno State and others.

After missing on four high-profile recruits during the offseason, Upshaw's pledge to K- State serves as a major boon to Frank Martin and his coaching staff. Upshaw should be able to compete right away for a starting spot in the Wildcat frontcourt.

Laimonas Chatkevicius, a 7-footer from Lithuania who attends high school in the United States, 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 next season.