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Report: Former top 50 recruit Robert Upshaw headed to Washington

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Washington has landed Robert Upshaw, a former top 50 recruit that spent last season at Fresno State.

“I had a nice visit with both Washington and Oregon,” Upshaw told “I just felt like Washington was a better fit for me as a player. I liked it there, I felt comfortable and am looking forward to a new start.”

Upshaw was originally signed to Kansas State, but he was smart enough not to sign an NLI, eventually opting out of a grant-in-aid agreement when former head coach Frank Martin left for South Carolina. Upshaw instead enrolled with the Bulldogs, where he averaged 4.1 points, 3.8 boards and 1.9 blocks, but he was kicked off the team in August.

Upshaw had an up-and-down year as a freshman. He injured his knee early in the year, and between that and two suspensions during the season, he only played in 22 games. But his promise, especially on the defensive side of the ball, was visible.

Upshaw will have to sit out the 2013-2014 season. He has three seasons of eligibility left.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.