Zeke Upshaw of the G League’s Grand Rapids Drive died Monday, just two days after he collapsed on the court near the end of a game and was rushed to a hospital.
Zeke Upshaw’s mother, Jewel Upshaw, said her son died Monday morning after “continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health” in Grand Rapids, Michigan according to The Drive’s tweeted statement.
“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.
The Drive, who are affiliated with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, said in a statement that Upshaw had a “warm personality and was a tremendous representative of our organization both on and off the court.”
G League president Malcolm Turner says “Zeke was an outstanding young man whose powerful belief in himself and uncommon perseverance led to a successful professional basketball career,” Turner said in a statement. “A beloved member of the Grand Rapids Drive, Zeke’s continuous improvement and tireless work ethic were hallmarks of his career. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and the Drive organization.”
Details on a memorial have yet to be announced.
Our Condolences goes out to Zeke Upshaw’s family and friends at this time. R.I.P Zeke UpShaw.