Louisville sets bar high with Upshaw

Louisville set the bar high with Robert Upshaw this weekend. Now, the 7'0 four-star Fresno, Cal., center plans to compare his official visit with the Cardinals to Fresno State, Georgetown and Kansas State when he visits those three schools in the coming weeks.

Louisville set the bar high with Robert Upshaw this weekend. Now, the 7'0 four-star Fresno, Cal., center plans to compare his official visit with the Cardinals to Fresno State, Georgetown and Kansas State when he visits those three schools in the coming weeks.

Upshaw, down to four schools, made his first official visit to Louisville over the weekend with his parents. He toured facilities, watched Louisville's public scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center, hung out with the Cardinals, and saw first-hand what it's like to play for Rick Pitino.

"I really enjoyed myself. It was a good experience," Upshaw told InsideTheVille.com. "First, we went to the practice facility and looked around. I met with the academic advisor and the councilor that helps the guys with their academics and makes sure they're on top of what they need to do.


Robert Upshaw had a good visit to UofL.
"After that I sat down with Coach Pitino and we just talked about the Louisville family and his program. He explained to me about being a player and being humble and really enjoying the college experience.

"Then Andre McGee gave me a campus tour and I saw where I would be attending classes if I attend Louisville. Then I went back to Billy Minardi Hall and was able to hang out with the players and everybody was welcoming and very cool. So I liked that and we all had fun.

"We went to the Red White game and I enjoyed it. It was awesome. I've never been to anything like that. I really enjoyed my visit."

Upshaw spent most of his time at Louisville hanging with California natives Andre McGee and Mark Jackson, and point guard Peyton Siva, another west coast transplant having success playing for Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

"I also got to hang out with Mark Jackson, Jr., who has been a friend since back during my freshman year," said Upshaw. "We both played for the same AAU team and I spent most of my time with Andre, Mark and Peyton Siva. Peyton explained to me that Coach Pitino is a great coach and the greatest guy he's ever played for. I got a good feel for Coach Pitino and the assistant coaches. I got a great feel for everything at Louisville. I have Louisville in my mind, and now I have to go visit these other three schools and figure out where I want to go."

After spending the weekend at Louisville, Upshaw can envision playing for the Cardinals next season.

"I really enjoyed watching Coach Pitino practice," Upshaw said. "I got a feel for the offense and how hard you've got to work in order to play for him. I could see myself playing for Coach Pitino one of these days if I make the decision to play for Louisville. I haven't been to the other places and seen the other coaces so I can't say I want to play for him yet, but understand what it would be like to play for him."

Did his visit help Louisville's chances?

"Basically, it did," Upshaw said.

"My mom really enjoyed the people and Coach Pitino's practice structure, how close the players are to each other and the environment," Upshaw said. "My dad liked the environment, the players and practice structures."

Upshaw said there is, "a big possibility" he will sign during early period. He plans to next visit hometown Fresno, followed by trips to Georgetown and Kansas State.

"Now I'm off to (visit) three other schools," said Upshaw.


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