Former Northern Arizona guard Quinton Upshur is finding success playing overseas. Upshur has most recently found a home with BC Luelea of Sweden, helping his squad to a current first-place ranking in the latest standings with an 18-4 overall record.
He arrived in Sweden in August with roughly two months to shape his game and make an impact. With hard work and determination, Upshur was able to fine tune his game and be ready for the start of the season.
Upshur has had 11 double digit scoring games with BC Luelea and is currently averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game. Upshur is the starting small forward for his team, as he has seen his defensive presence step up this season.
"The game is different and it took some adapting," said Upshur. "I have faced some challenges in professional basketball, but I want to thank the coaching staff, especially coach (Jack) Murphy for putting me in a positon to be successful after leaving NAU."
Prior to his stint with BC Luelea, Upshur played with Lusitania in the Portuguese LPB league. In 27 appearances, he averaged 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.9 steals per game. Upshur's impressive numbers led him to be voted to the Portuguese LPB All-Star Game and All-Defensive Team.
In addition to his overseas experience, Upshur spent last summer on the NBA D-League roster of the Toronto Raptors.
Upshur, a two-time All-Big Sky Conference honoree, 2014 Newcomer of the Year and 2015 NABC All-District Team award winner, was an integral part of NAU's CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament run in 2015. NAU's run included a school record four postseason wins, as the Lumberjacks advanced all the way to the championship game.
Upshur scored 1,040 points in two seasons with NAU to rank in the Top 10 in the school's season record books for points scored and made three-pointers.
Upshur graduated from NAU in 2015 with a degree in criminology and criminal justice. He is currently in his second season in pro basketball.