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Demontez Stitt, Former Clemson Basketball Player Dies at 27

Clemson guard Demontez Stitt (2) during the secondFormer Clemson basketball player, Demontez Stitt, passed away at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina around 8:30 pm on Tuesday night (July 12) at the age of 27. According to an email received by the Associated Press from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s office on Wednesday, there was no trauma found to the body and therefore no foul play suspected.

Friends of Stitt told the Charlotte Observer his cause of death is believed to be a sudden heart attack. The Associated Press reported that “Stitt reportedly suffered a cardiac issue.”

Stitt played for the Tigers from 2007-2011 and is the only Clemson player to start on four NCAA Tournament teams. He averaged 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11. He helped the Tigers to a 90-42 record over four seasons, including a 37-27 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference games.

Before leading the Tigers, Stitt was named Mr. Basketball in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer after his senior season at Butler High School. During that year, Stitt averaged 22 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell said Stitt was “a true pleasure to coach.” He coached Stitt in Stitt’s final season at Clemson. “My heart aches today. I’ll never forget his big smile and competitive spirit. Clemson basketball extends our condolences to his family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Stitt finished his career at Clemson in the top 15 in several statistical categories, including sixth in assists (419), 10th in steals (164) and 14th in points (1,365) and was named to the school’s 25-member all-time Clemson men’s basketball team in 2011.

Stitt had been playing professionally in Europe after graduating from Clemson. He averaged 19.0 points (team best) and 5.1 assists per game last season for Orkide Gediz of the Turkish Basketball League.

The support following Stitt’s untimely death demonstrates the type of person he was both on and off the court. Kurt Wessler, Stitt’s former high school coach said words cannot describe how much he will be missed.

Stitt’s last tweet came in the morning of his death, simply saying, “Thank you Lord!”

 

Demontez Stitt 1989-2016

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