University of Washington’s Basketball Star Robert Upshaw Fights for the NBA After a Bout with Marijuana

University of Washington’s Basketball Star Robert Upshaw Fights for the NBA After a Bout with Marijuana

By on Jul 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Athletes after high school dream about the moment when a college will recruit them on their team. They have worked so hard for this moment. They have practiced everyday, skipped meals just to work on their jump shot, and they have skipped class just so they can go over plays with their teammates. Once a college wants them on their team the real work begins. College is way different from high school. This is a full ride so you have to maintain a certain GPA to stay, there are more and more fans at each game, and there is temptation someone is just waiting for you to mess up so your future can go down the drain. What if that temptation is drugs?

Robert Upshaw was a 7-foot star who has potential to give NBA players a run for their money. Robert was recruited by the University of Washington. Growing up Upshaw was always picked on for being bigger than the rest of the kids in his class. The portrayal of his idols in magazines depicted smoking weed and driving Bentleys influenced him to mirror the same. A couple of months later Upshaw developed an addiction for marijuana and was kicked off two basketball programs. After losing what he had worked so hard for, he knew it was time to get help. He went to rehab and immersed himself in extensive drug counseling and therapy, according to Fox Sports.

Upshaw would be a number 1 draft pick based on his talent alone. Most teams are not considering him because of his past addiction. But lately he has been doing workouts with the Dallas Mavericks. His past addiction made him lose out on his first, which was basketball. Its all a waiting game to see if Upshaw will be playing basketball again.

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