April 16, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. - Robert Upshaw and Marvelle Harris inked National Letters of Intents to join the Fresno State men's basketball team early in the spring signing period.
The two California high school standouts will join the 'Dogs for the 2012-13 season.
"We are extremely excited about Robert Upshaw and Marvelle Harris joining our basketball family," Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry said. "They are two young men who come from great families and have tremendous character. They will represent our university and community at a very high level!"
Upshaw, a 7-foot, 265 pound center from Fresno, Calif., was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of California and the 55th best player in the nation in the 2012 ESPNU 100. He also received high marks from Scout.com, who rated him as a four-star recruit.
As a senior at San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.), Upshaw averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks per game on his way to co-Player of the Year honors in the County/Metro Athletic Conference and helped lead the Panthers to the Central Section Division II championship title. He also recently represented the United States in an Under-22 tournament in Paris, France.
Harris, a 6-3 versatile and athletic guard, will add a tenacious spark from the perimeter for the Bulldogs' offense and defense. Harris led Eisenhower High School (Rialto, Calif.) to the CIF Southern Seciotn Division 1A quarterfinals with more than 24 points per game.
"This is just really another exciting day for Fresno State and our program," Terry said.
Upshaw and Harris are just the two latest members of Terry's first year-long recruiting class that could still expand.
Forward Braeden Anderson (Okotoks, Alberta, Canada), point guard Aaron Anderson (Edmond, Okla.) and center Tanner Giddings (Windsor, Calif.) all signed either a National Letters of Intent or an Athletic Aid Agreement during the early signing period back in November.
Terry will finalize the Bulldogs' 2012-13 roster in the near future with the possibility remaining of adding to the arsenal during this regular signing period that runs until May 16.
"Our guys are continuing to work hard in the classroom, weight room and gym to get stronger and more physical every day," Terry added. "And as a coaching staff, we are going to stay aggressive on the recruiting trail and put ourselves in a solid position as we move into the Mountain West Conference."
For fans looking to support Fresno State student-athlete scholarships and secure 2012-13 men's basketball season tickets, packages are available for as low as $149 through The Bulldog Foundation ($99 for Level 7 season tickets and a minimum donation of $50).
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - The flagship radio station of the Fresno State men's basketball team is KMJ 580 AM and the Spanish Flagship is KGST-AM ESPN Deportes.
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