Robert Upshaw’s dismissal from the University of Washington men’s basketball program might have cost him more than most analysts projected.
The talented but troubled 7-footer was not selected during Thursday’s NBA draft in New Jersey.
That rates as somewhat of a surprise, considering many mock drafts still included Upshaw’s name – mostly in the second round – in the week leading up to the draft, and though he was dismissed from two college programs in the past three years, his size and talent as a shot-blocker seemed too tantalizing for all 30 teams to pass up.
But all 60 picks – which included 10 centers – passed without Upshaw’s name being called. His off-court troubles – which he admitted recently included drug abuse – might have contributed to such a precipitous fall, though Upshaw was also reportedly flagged for a heart issue earlier this month at the NBA draft combine and had to suspend his training for a time because of it.
His agent, Bill Duffy, told DraftExpress.com that Upshaw was already aware of the condition and that doctors had cleared him to play with it in the past, but it’s possible that it caused some teams to stay away. Read more »