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January 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Huskies hoops links: Robert Upshaw reportedly considering NBA D-League

Former Washington center Robert Upshaw is reportedly considering playing in the NBA D-League. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz - Seattle Times)

Former Washington center Robert Upshaw is reportedly considering playing in the NBA D-League. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz – Seattle Times)

Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports reports Robert Upshaw is contemplating playing in the NBA D-League this season.

It’s a risky move for 7-foot center who was dismissed from Washington Monday after violating team rules.

Upshaw is considered an intriguing NBA draft prospect due to his ability to protect the rim. He leads the nation with 4.5 blocks per game and accumulated a school record 85 blocks in 19 games. He also averaged 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds.

No one doubts Upshaw’s ability to immediately contribute to a NBA team. In fact, his draft stock is inflated because he’s a ‘young’ 21-year-old who hasn’t played a lot of basketball and has avoided serious injuries.

The biggest question with Upshaw is whether he can do what needs to be done off the court. Yahoo reported Upshaw spent time in a Houston-based substance abuse program in 2013 after being kicked out of Fresno State and joining Washington.

ESPN reported Upshaw failed multiple drug tests at Fresno State and UW.

Those around Upshaw have said he needs to get his personal life in order before attempting to turn pro.

As for Washington, it’s a new day for the Huskies, which must now adjust to life without their defensive dynamo.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— More on Upshaw in the News Tribune and Salt Lake Tribune.

— The combination of senior guards Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown gives Stanford arguably the best backcourt in the nation.

— Stanford freshman forward Reid Travis, who missed the past eight games with a stress fracture in thigh, is expected to play Wednesday against Washington.

— Not sure if it’s a smart tactic, but Arizona coach¬† Sean Miller is engaging a battle with officials through the press.

— Nice story on Utah star guard Delon Wright who honed his skills playing against older brother Dorell, a 10-year NBA veteran.

Gary Payton II has quickly become a star at Oregon State.

— Arizona State is looking for its defensive edge.

— Colorado’s Askia Booker returns home to Los Angeles.

— ICYMI, UCLA star freshman Jonah Bolden has been cleared to practice with the Bruins. He’s still ineligible to play this season.

— Former Bothell High star Zach LaVine, who played last season at UCLA and was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, will compete in the Feb. 14 NBA Slam Dunk contest.

— Washington signee Matisse Thybulle scored 15 points to help No. 4 Eastside Catholic to a 60-50 victory over No. 5 Seattle Prep.

— Rainier Beach junior forward Keith Smith, who is being recruited by Washington, is out for the season due to a right knee injury.

 

 

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