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Arizona Wildcats Among The Finalists For Robert Upshaw

The Wildcats already have two commitments for their recruiting class of 2012 and they're looking to add at least one more player to the mix, if not two. One of those players is big man Robert Upshaw out of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Freno, California. tweeted the info yesterday on the remaining teams in Upshaw's recruitment:

Robert Upshaw has cut his list to USC, Arizona, Georgetown, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UNLV and Fresno State

That is quite the mix of teams. The days of top-California prospects staying in-state are pretty much gone; while a few of them may elect to stay home, a good majority of them are heading out across the country to continue their basketball careers. 

Upshaw has not indicated he is close to any kind of a decision and he is likely a player who will sign in the spring. He also is yet to announce any planned official or unofficial visits now that the list is trimmed to his top-10, though those visits will likely start to come in the next six months or so.

As for the big man himself, he comes in at 6'10 and 240 pounds. Ranked in the top-50 of just about every scouting website's rankings database, Upshaw has the skill and potential to be a beast down low.

This is pure speculation on my part, but if Arizona is able to land Kaleb Tarczewski -- who is expected to make a decision any day now between the Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks -- they would completely back off Upshaw. If for some reason Tarczewski elects Kansas, then Sean Miller would likely put the full-court press on Upshaw throughout his senior season.