Zeke Upshaw of G League team, the Grand Rapids Drive, died on Monday (March 26), after collapsing during a game over the weekend. He was just 26 years old.
The team tweeted out a statement from Upshaw’s mother, Jewel, that said he passed at 11:16 a.m. at Spectrum Health” in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time,” Jewel Upshaw said in the statement.
Statement from Jewel Upshaw, Zeke's mother: “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. pic.twitter.com/1AutFtIFwU
— Grand Rapids Drive (@grdrive) March 26, 2018
Upshaw collapsed on the court on Saturday night (March 24), with just 50 seconds remaining in a home game against the Long Island Nets. He was removed from the court on a stretcher and rushed to Spectrum Health.
Further details are unclear.
Shaw was undrafted and playing in his second season with the Drive. Before that, the Chicago native played three seasons at Illinois State and finished his college career with a year at Hofstra.