Zeke Upshaw, G-League player who collapsed during game, dies

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The G-League player who collapsed on the court during a game Saturday has died.

Grand Rapids Drive forward Zeke Upshaw, 26, died Monday morning, his mother Jewel said in a press release.

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

"We ask that you respect our privacy at this 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 Grand Rapids Drive for the support they have extended to our family."

Upshaw, who was in his second year with the Drive, collapsed on the court with less than 50 seconds left in the game. He was immediately tended to, taken out on a stretcher and hospitalized.

“The NBA G-League family is devastated by the tragic passing of Zeke Upshaw," G-League President Malcolm Turner said in a statement. "Zeke was an outstanding young man whose powerful belief in himself and uncommon perseverance led to a successful professional basketball career.

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"A beloved member of the Grand Rapids Drive, Zeke’s continuous improvement and tireless work ethic were hallmarks of his career. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and the Drive organization.”

Upshaw went undrafted after his senior season at Hofstra. He played overseas, then was drafted by the Drive in the fourth round of the G-League's draft in October 2016.