Men's Basketball Receives Commitment at Wing from Upshur
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head coach Jack Murphy and his coaching staff announced the signing of Quinton Upshur out of Norfolk, Va. on Wednesday. Upshur became the Lumberjacks' seventh signee for the 2013-14 season when he sent in his National Letter of Intent and will be a junior this upcoming fall.
"Quinton is a wing with size that can play on a high level on both ends," said assistant coach Matthew Dunn, who served as the point recruiter for Upshur. "He played his freshman year at Virginia Military Institute so he has D1 experience, and this past season led his junior college team, Kilgore College, to the National Tournament. We are going to rely on Que to come in and be a leader on and off the court and he's a driven student-athlete that we are excited to have be a part of the Lumberjack family."
Upshur, a 6'5" guard, will come to Flagstaff after spending a year at Kilgore College. Upshur's per game averages of 13.2 points and 1.8 steals led Kilgore while he also ranked second in rebounding at 5.1 per game and tied for tops on the team in blocks at 1.3 per game. His all-around contributions led him to receiving First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference selections and he was also a JUCO All-American Nominee.
Upshur helped lead Kilgore to the school's first NJCAA National Tournament appearance since the 1993-94 season in Hutchinson, Kan. after the team won the regular season Region XIV conference championship.
Prior to his year at Kilgore, Upshur spent his freshman season in his home state of Virginia at VMI. He earned 14 starts and played in 31 games as a true freshman and averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He also ranked third on the team with 44 steals despite playing only a shade over 18 minutes per game.
"He can really play defense, that's probably his biggest strength and he can guard almost any position," Dunn said. "On the court he can really do it all, rebound, score, defend. This year at Kilgore and his one year at VMI he was one of the leaders in the country in steals. Off the court he will be a natural leader for us. He is a dedicated student and is looking forward to being a part of the Flagstaff community."
Upshur will join six previous signees – guards Travis Meeker, Christopher Miller and Kris Yanku and forwards Ako Kaluna, Zachary Reynolds and Terry Winn – who committed to join the Lumberjacks in the fall.
The Lumberjacks will enter the 2013-14 campaign after a successful first season under Murphy following a Big Sky Tournament appearance last month despite being picked last in the preseason polls.