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Massive big man with soft hands who has streamlined his body, shedding significant weight from his freshman to junior years. A sure high-major prospect who is one of the top centers on the West Coast in 2012.
June 2011: Upshaw held his own at the Pangos All-American Camp against 247 Sports' top two big men in the 2012 Class, Andre Drummond and Isaiah Austin. Upshaw looks the part of a college center and the hard work he's put into his body to shed weight while adding muscle has paid off. Upshaw runs the floor well and shows good court awareness by consistently beating his man to the right post position. A concern is Upshaw is more polished as a scorer rather than an elite defender and must get tougher in the post to truly challenge opponents at the rim and compete for rebounds.
August 2011: Upshaw closed out a successful spring and summer with a strong showing in Las Vegas at the Adidas Super 64 (late July) and an equally impressive performance at the Adidas Nations in Los Angeles earlier this month. Upshaw battled against all the top bigs in the 2012 class and not only held his own but outclassed his opponents on multiple occasions.
Of all the 2012 bigs, Upshaw is likely the most polished on the offensive end with a mid-range face up game to match his back-to-the basket play where he can score over either shoulder. As Upshaw's conditioning continues to improve (he's already in solid shape) his proverbial "ceiling" will only get higher.
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