Washington announced Tuesday night former Fresno State 7-foot center Robert Upshaw signed a letter of financial intent with the Huskies.
“We are very excited to have Robert Upshaw enroll at the University of Washington,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “There are not many post guys out there like him in college basketball. We’re anxious to begin working with him to help him reach his overall potential.”
Per NCAA transfer rules, Upshaw will sit out the 2013-14 season. He’ll have three year of eligibility remaining.
Signing Upshaw puts Washington at the maximum 13 scholarships.
Fifth-year seniors C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell will depart after the season giving UW two spots on the roster. The Huskies received verbal commitments from Timberline High wing Donaven Dorsey and Canadian big man Tristan Etienne, which means there’s going to be more departures if UW lands any more 2014 prospects.
Washington’s biggest target Zylan Cheatham, a consensus four-star power forward, returned from a visit last weekend to San Diego State. He told AztecSportsReport.com Publisher that it was a “phenomenal” trip.
“You couldn’t really ask for a better visit than that,” he said. “I really enjoyed myself and that kind of hands-on experience of what I would be experiencing as a freshman at San Diego State.”
It appears as if Cheatham, a 6-9 and 205-pound big man, has narrowed his list to 3-4 schools.
He has official visits planned to Washington (Sept. 28) and New Mexico (Oct. 11). The Phoenix native also took an unofficial to Arizona State, but hasn’t scheduled an official visit.
Cheatham originally wanted to announce his decision on his Nov. 17 birthday, but said he may make a decision shortly after his last visit and sign a letter of intent on his birthday. The early signing period is Nov. 13-20.