NBA G-League player Zeke Upshaw died this morning, his team announced on social media. The player collapsed in a game over the weekend.
Upshaw, a 26-year-old player for the Grand Rapids Drive, collapsed in a game against the Long Island Nets on Saturday night. He was rushed to the hospital.
The former Hofstra player suffered cardiac arrest toward the end of the game. He was taken off the floor on a stretcher with about 50 seconds to play.
Upshaw had been in critical condition at the hospital. The team announced on Twitter this morning that he had passed away.
He passed shortly after 11 a.m.
The team released the following statement, via Upshaw'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.
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.”
Upshaw started his college career at Illinois State, where he played for three years. He finished his college career at Hofstra.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace.