Brent Darby, a former Ohio State Basketball standout, died at a Detroit hospital due to complications from blood clots in his leg, according to reports. Darby passed on Tuesday morning December 6, 2011 at the age of 30.
Darby played at Ohio State from 1999-2003, coming out of River Rouge High School in Detroit, MI. A three-year starter, Darby played in 122 games with the Buckeyes, earning team MVP honors in 2003.
In his senior season, he averaged more than 18 points for the team. In his career, he scored 1,863 points, which is 25th on the Ohio State all-time scoring list. His 153 3-point shots made is fourth on the all-time list.
“This saddens my heart. Brent was the type of guy you always wanted to be around, the life of the party. He will truly be missed,” said former teammate J.J. Sullinger.
“I’m devastated at the news,” said former OSU guard Michael Redd. “Brent’s legacy will be that he was known as a great person first and foremost while also being a great player. I just feel horrible for his family, especially his children. He was so fun to be around. He will be missed.”
After his collegiate career, Darby played overseas professionally until health problems arose in 2009.
Darby’s former high school coach Lamonte Stone told the Detroit News that Darby had a history of heart problems.
“After he got done playing, that’s when it started,” Stone told The Detroit News. “Last year, we (Bowling Green) were in Detroit for a tournament at U-D (Detroit Mercy). He got rushed to the hospital then. I remember he was in bad shape. They weren’t able to control it. All of a sudden, he had blood clots.”
“I’m saddened by the tragic news,” OSU head coach Thad Matta said. “Though I did not coach Brent, he has been around the program in the summers to play with the team and for the Basketball Family Reunion. He is an amazing individual who will be missed.”