The Clemson Insider has confirmed that former Clemson basketball standout Demontez Stitt has died. He was 27 years old.
We have learned Stitt, who has been playing professional basketball overseas since he left Clemson, was back in his home state of North Carolina when he passed away. We are not sure how Stitt died, but we are told the family wants to keep it private right now as they work through this together.
“My heart aches today,” said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell, who coached Stitt as a senior in 2010-11. “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.”
The Associated Press reported Stitt was found dead at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday night. Lead investigator Eric Wheeler in the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press there was no trauma found on the body of 27-year-old Stitt and that foul play is not suspected.
Wheeler said a cause of death is still pending.
According to One, a news media outlet overseas, Stitt died from an apparent heart attack. He was found dead in his home early Wednesday morning.
Stitt played from 2007-’11 at Clemson. He was a part of a great era for Clemson basketball as he played on four NCAA Tournament teams, one of just two Clemson players in history to do so. He is the only player in Clemson history to start four NCAA Tournament games.
A native of Matthews, North Carolina, Stitt competed for the Tigers from 2007-11. He started 111 games, fifth-most in Clemson history. He finished his career in the top 15 in several statistical categories, including sixth in assists (419), 10th in steals (164) and 14th in points (1,365).
He was also a first-team All-ACC Tournament selection that year after posting a memorable 25-point outing in the semifinals against North Carolina. During his four years, he helped the Tigers to the 2008 ACC Championship game and 2011 semifinals. He was named to Clemson’s 100th anniversary team in 2012.
Stitt played overseas following his Tiger career, and completed arguably his best season in 2015-16 with Orkide Gediz of the Turkish Basketball League. He averaged a team-high 19.0 points and 5.1 assists per game for Gediz this past season.
Stitt started all four years at Clemson and is considered one of the best point guards the Tigers have ever had.
On Tuesday morning, Stitt went to twitter and posted this tweet to thank God.
In his professional career, Stitt became one of the best players in his league and in May he was named the best point guard.
Stitt’s professional team overseas went on twitter to give their condolences.