NBA G League player dies after collapsing during game

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NBA G League player dies after collapsing during game
FILE - 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. Upshaw, the Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died. The Grand Rapids Drive says 26-year-old Upshaw died at a hospital Monday, March 26, 2018. No cause was disclosed. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — 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 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.

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.