Former Redbird Basketball Player Dies After Collapse | WGLT

Former Redbird Basketball Player Dies After Collapse

Mar 26, 2018

A Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died.

The Grand Rapids Drive says Zeke Upshaw, 26, died at a hospital Monday. No cause was disclosed. He collapsed Saturday night near the end of a game against the Long Island Nets.

Upshaw's mother, Jewel Upshaw, released a statement thanking the team and fans. Team owner Steve Jbara said the Grand Rapids area was fortunate to enjoy Upshaw's commitment to the community, especially children.

Upshaw had scored 11 points to help the Drive earn a playoff spot with the 101-99 victory Saturday.

He was in his second season with the Drive. The 6-foot-6 swingman from Chicago played three seasons at Illinois State University and finished his college career at Hofstra.

The Redbird basketball community mourned the loss Monday.

"Heartbroken. Life is not fair," coach Dan Muller said on Twitter. "Zeke was a wonderful man. Hearts and prayers are with Jewel (Zeke's mother) and family."

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