Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Robert Upshaw, a 6-foot-11 center from Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin, verbally committed to Kansas State Monday.
Upshaw is the Rivals No. 8 center in the country, and an AAU teammate of Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012. Their Dream Visions AAU club reached the final of the adidas 64 event in Las Vegas in July.
Upshaw’s mother, Ceylon Sherman, told Gopowercat.com he picked Kansas State over Georgetown, Fresno State and others.
“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.”
Kansas State also has a commitment from Laimonas Chatkevicius, a 7-footer from Lithuania who is now at South Kent (Conn.).
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.