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Player Who Collapsed During NBA G League Game Dies

Cause of death not clear for Zeke Upshaw, 26
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2018 3:02 PM CDT
Player Who Collapsed During NBA G League Game Dies
In this Jan. 2, 2013, file photo, Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) looks for room to shoot past Illinois State's Zeke Upshaw (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.   (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)

(Newser) – A Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died, the AP reports. The Grand Rapids Drive says 26-year-old Zeke Upshaw 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 says the Grand Rapids area was fortunate to enjoy Upshaw's commitment to the community, especially children.

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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.

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