NBA G-League player Zeke Upshaw has died, after he collapsed on the basketball court during Saturday’s game against the Long Island Nets. At the time, sources told WOODTV that Upshaw had gone into cardiac arrest.
Upshaw fell to the ground and laid motionless on the court with under a minute left to play in the fourth quarter. He was quickly approached by emergency personnel and was taken off the court on a stretcher. He was rushed to a local hospital for care, and was said to be in critical condition. He passed away on Monday morning.
“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,” Upshaw’s mother, Jewel, said in a statement. “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,” the statement concluded.
The Grand Rapids Drive also released a statement following Upshaw’s passing.
“The Drive family is mourning the tragic loss of Zeke Upshaw. He had a warm personality and was a tremendous representative of our organization both on and off the court. Our thoughts are with all of Zeke’s family and friends during this difficult time,” the team’s statement reads.
Before joining the G-League, which is the National Basketball Association’s official minor league organization, Upshaw played college ball for three seasons at Illinois State and played a fourth season at Hofstra. He joined the Grand Rapids Drive two years ago. He was just 26 years old.
Source: Heavy Sports