G League player Zeke Upshaw dies after collapsing on court

Zeke Upshaw, who played for the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League, died today after collapsing on Saturday in a game against the Long Island Nets.  Upshaw was 26-years-old.

Here is a statement from Upshaw’s mother, Jewel:

“After continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health, Zeke made his transition at 11:16 am. To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time.

“Details of his memorial will be announced at a later date. We’d like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Spectrum Health for their efforts in caring for our son. We’d also like to thank the Drive for the support they have extended to our family.”

Upshaw was in his second year with the Drive. He played collegiately at Illinois State and Hofstra.



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