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NBA G-League player dies after collapsing during game

There is some tragic news out of the NBA G-League today.

Zeke Upshaw, a forward for the Grand Rapids Drive, passed away Monday morning after he had collapsed during the Drive’s home game on Saturday. The 26-year-old Upshaw went into cardiac arrest while on the court in the final minutes of the game, according to WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids, and was pronounced dead earlier today. A cause has not yet been released.

Upshaw’s mother gave the following statement through the Rapids organization Monday morning:

“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 your prayers and support during this most difficult time.”

Former Kentucky forward Derek Willis was a teammate of Upshaw in Grand Rapids.

Upshaw played three years at Illinois State before finishing his collegiate career at Hoftsta in 2013-14, where he averaged 19.8 points per game that season to lead his team and the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring.

He had 11 points in Saturday’s playoff-clinching victory before falling to the court with 50 seconds left in the game.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for NBA G-League player dies after collapsing during game



  1. runningunnin.454
    4:24 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I remember I was watching the game when Hank Gathers of Loyola Marymount died under similar circumstances. Very tragic.



  2. RealCatsFan
    6:29 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Life is fragile. Savor every minute of it.

  3. Wow. Terrible. Prayers for his family.