ZEKE UPSHAW OF GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE DIES FOLLOWING COLLAPSE
Zeke Upshaw, the Grand Rapids Drive forward who collapsed during a game Saturday, died on Monday. He was 26. The Grand Rapids Drive team sent out a statement from Upshaw's mother, Jewel:
"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 all your prayers and support during this most difficult time. We ask that you respect our privacy at this 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 Grand Rapids Drive for the support they have extended to our family."
Upshaw, a 6-foot-6 forward from Chicago, was in his second season with the Drive. He played collegiately at Illinois State for three seasons before transferring to Hofstra. As a senior in 2013-14, he averaged 19.8 points and 4.1 rebounds.
Upshaw went undrafted, played overseas and then drafted by the Drive in the fourth round of the G League's developmental draft in October, 2016.
Prayers and condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏽