Washington has dismissed center Robert Upshaw from the basketball program for a violation of team rules, the school announced on Monday.
UW’s Robert Upshaw has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, head coach Lorenzo Romar announced on Monday.
— UW Men’s Basketball (@UW_MBB) January 26, 2015
Upshaw is currently the nation’s leading shot-blocker both in terms of blocks per game (4.4) and block percentage (17.2). With him in the fold, the Huskies are allowing opponents to only shoot 38.6 percent from 2-point range, which is fifth nationally. He’s also averaging 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Currently, he is rated 32nd on my big board for the 2015 NBA Draft.
Unfortunately, this is now the second time that Upshaw has been dismissed from a Division I basketball program. Back in 2013, Fresno State also dismissed Upshaw for a third violation of team rules. That led to his transfer to Washington.
Speaking of Washington this is a pretty monuental loss. The Huskies have dropped five of their previous eight games after starting the season with an 11-0 mark. The team is pretty squarely on the bubble right now in the Pac-12 with a 3-4 conference record. Without Upshaw in the fold, it’s going to be pretty tough for them to make the NCAA Tournament.