Grand Rapids Drive forward, Zeke Upshaw died on Monday morning after he collapsed during the team’s G League game on Saturday against the Long Island Nets at DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was 26.
The Drive provided a statement from Jewel Upshaw, the Chicago native’s mother saying “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.”
It was reported that Upshaw went into cardiac arrest on Saturday during the game. A cause of death was not immediately released.
Upshaw played three seasons at Illinois State before moving to Hofstra for his senior season. He went undrafted in 2014. His professional career included stints with the Helios Suns (Slovenia), Basket Esch (Luxembourg) and the Drive, whom he joined in 2016.