26-year-old Zeke Upshaw of the G-League’s Grand Rapids Drive was taken to a hospital after collapsing in the final minute of a game on Saturday night. He had 11 points and 4 rebounds in 28 minutes before the collapse.
“I immediately knew it was terrible because he wasn’t moving,” said Drive public address announcer Eric Zane. “What was remarkable was how fast a lady came out – within 10 seconds – she came sprinting out there with a defibrillator.”
The Drive went on to win the game 101-99 and clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history. Former NBA players on the team include KJ McDaniels and Kay Felder.
UPDATE (03.26.18): Zeke passed away on Monday. Here’s a statement from his mother, Jewel Upshaw:
“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.”
Statement from the Drive:
“The Drive family is mourning the tragic loss of Zeke Upshaw. He had a warm personality and was a tremendous representative of our organization both on and off the court. Our thoughts are with all of Zeke’s family and friends during this difficult time.”