Kansas State appears to have lost its top basketball recruit.
Robert Upshaw, a 7-foot, 275-pound center and the 43rd-ranked player in the class of 2012, has decided to reopen his recruitment after signing a financial aid agreement with K-State in November.
Members of his family told Dave Telep, a reporter who covers recruiting for ESPN, that he will likely make a new decision in April but that he will not re-sign with K-State nor will he follow Frank Martin to South Carolina.
Upshaw is free to evaluate other schools because he didn’t sign a binding national letter of intent, as most high school recruits do, when he committed to the Wildcats. Assistant coach Lamont Evans handled his recruitment.
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Efforts to reach Upshaw were unsuccessful. He told the Fresno Bee he was glad he has options. Before picking K-State, he was also considering Fresno State, Georgetown and Louisville.
"It’s going to take some time to process," he told the newspaper. "It’s a big deal where I’m going, so I’m not going to make a quick decision."
Upshaw was the highest ranked recruit to commit to K-State since former McDonald’s All-American Wally Judge, who transferred to Rutgers after two disappointing seasons.
Upshaw was expected to step into the starting lineup immediately, and fill in for senior Jamar Samuels.