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Pistons to memorialize Zeke Upshaw with honorary call-up from G League

Zeke Upshaw

In a photo from Feb. 28, 2018, Grand Rapids Drive forward Zeke Upshaw looks to pass during a basketball game in Detroit. 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/Jose Juarez)


Zeke Upshaw was just 26 years old when he passed away. The Hofstra product had a sudden cardiac arrest last week while playing for the Detroit Pistons’ G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.

Although he never made it to the Association, now the Pistons are calling Upshaw up in a memorializing move meant to honor his memory.

According to the team, Upshaw will honorarily be called up to the main roster for Thursday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

Pistons GM Jeff Bower had this to say about the occasion.


“His spirit and commitment on and off the court embodied all the traits we look for in players who suit up for the Detroit Pistons. As we look to memorialize Zeke’s basketball career and continue to support his family during this tragically difficult time, executing an honorary call-up recognizes his standing as a member of the Pistons family.”

Upshaw was averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Drive this season. This is a classy move by the Detroit organization during a tough time for Upshaw’s family.