Former Clemson basketball star Demontez Stitt dies at 27

(WSPA) – Former Clemson basketball star Demontez Stitt died at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday. He was 27 years old.

The university didn’t release any information about what led to his death.

Stitt is the only men’s basketball player in Clemson history to start on four NCAA Tournament teams. He played for the Tigers from 2007 to 2011 and was a native of Matthews, North Carolina.

“My heart aches today,” said head coach Brad Brownell, who coached Stitt as a senior, in a written statement. “Demontez was a true pleasure to coach. I’ll never forget his big smile and competitive spirit. Clemson basketball extends our condolences to his family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Stitt played overseas following his Tiger career. He just completed his best season with Orkide Gediz of the Turkish Basketball League. He averaged a team-high 19.0 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Stitt started 111 games, fifth-most in Clemson history. As a senior in 2011, he was named third-team All-ACC by the media after averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

He was also a first-team All-ACC Tournament selection that year after posting a 25-point outing in the semifinals against North Carolina. Stitt was named to Clemson’s 100th anniversary team in 2012.

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