Kansas State University

Top K-State basketball recruit says he’s not coming

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.

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.