The University of Washington Monday dismissed 7-foot, 250-pound sophomore center Robert Upshaw from the school’s basketball team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Neither head coach Lorenzo Romar nor other athletic department official would comment on the specifics of Upshaw’s transgressions.
“We wish Rob well as he moves forward in his life, and we will do our best to support him in the future,” said Romar in a statement.
Upshaw, who had 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a 77-56 loss at Utah Sunday, his last UW game, is leading the nation with 4.6 blocks per game. He also led UW with 8.2 rebounds and was third on the team in scoring at 10.9 points, shooting 59.3 percent from the floor.
This is the second time that Upshaw has been booted from a program. He enrolled at Washington after being kicked off the Fresno State team following his freshman season.
Upshaw on his own ranked 71st (out of 345 teams) nationally in blocks per game (4.5) and was tied for 86th in total blocks (85), making him the UW single-season blocks record holder. Upshaw was on pace to set the Pac-12 single-season blocks record, held by Jordan Bachynski (ASU, 2013-14, 133).
Upshaw was also hitting 59.4 percent of his shots to rank fifth in the Pac-12.
In 10 games before facing Utah, Upshaw averaged 12.9 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 59.8 percent from the field and posting six double-doubles.
Upshaw, the third seven-footer to play for Romar, red-shirted the 2013-14 season after he was prohibited from attending UW practices or games. Romar later explained that Upshaw needed to focus on off-court issues.
Upshaw produced his best statistical game for Washington Dec. 16 when he had 15 points and 15 rebounds with four blocks in 22 minutes in an 86-38 win over Gambling.
Washington, 14-5 overall and 3-5 in Pac-12 play, plays Stanford Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies, at one time ranked as high as 13th nationally, lost to the Cardinal 68-60 in overtime Jan. 4 in Palo Alto, CA.