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.
Rest In Peace to my teammate and brother Zeke Upshaw
— Derek Willis (@derek_willis33) March 26, 2018
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.