"I had a nice visit with both Washington and Oregon," Upshaw told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. "I just felt like Washington was a better fit for me as a player.
"I liked it there, I felt comfortable and am looking forward to a new start."
Upshaw never came close to living up to expectations for the Bulldogs, winding up his freshman season averaging just 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in 22 contests. With the relative dearth of big men in the Class of 2014 out west, though, picking up Upshaw and letting him have a year without playing games is a reasonable gamble for the Huskies. If Upshaw can get himself straightened out, Washington brought in a player for next season that should be better than what they could have found elsewhere, and Upshaw gets a second chance to cash in on his potential.