Dec. 6, 2011
Arrangements for Brent Darby: Viewing scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Triumph Church, 2760 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit, Mich.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Triumph Church.
Brent Darby, a three-year starter who lettered with the Ohio State men’s basketball team from 2000-03, died early Tuesday. He attended River Rouge High School in Detroit, Mich., before attending Ohio State.
Darby, Ohio State’s MVP in 2003, played in 122 Ohio State games, scoring 1,368 career points, which ranks No. 25 on the Buckeyes’ all-time scoring list. He led his team in scoring his senior season with 18.3 points per game. His 35 points vs. Duke in the 2003 Big Ten/ACC Challenge game in Greensboro, N.C., ranks as one of Ohio State’s top individual scoring efforts of all time.
Known for his tenacity and ability to drive the lane, Darby found a way to keep his team in the game by getting to the free throw line. He made 395 career foul shots, which is tied for the No. 6 spot in Ohio State history. His 205 made free throws as a senior rank as the second best single season total at Ohio State behind Dennis Hopson’s 215 makes in 1986-87.
Not only proficient from the charity stripe, Darby, a team captain in 2002-03, was an accomplished 3-point shooter. He held the Ohio State record with 153 made 3s along with James “Scoonie” Penn before Jamar Butler (242, 2005-08) and Jon Diebler (374, 2008-11) took over the top spot at the end of their respective careers.
Darby wore the No. 4 at Ohio State along with 10 other Buckeyes, including current point guard Aaron Craft. He completed his degree requirements as part of the Ohio State Degree Completion Program in 2010 with a degree in sociology. This followed a professional playing career in Europe.
Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, knew Darby was a well-liked member of the Ohio State basketball family.
“I’m saddened by the tragic news,” 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.”
Former Buckeyes on Brent Darby
“I am devastated about the news of Brent passing away. My prayers go out to his family, especially his two young children. Today I lost one of my brothers and we lost a member of our Buckeye family. You will never be forgotten. Love you Bro!” –James “Scoonie” Penn, Ohio State guard (1999-2000)
“I’m devastated at the news. 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.” — Michael Redd, Ohio State guard (1998-2000)
“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.” — James “J.J.” Sullinger, Ohio State guard (2004-06)
“Brent was a great player, teammate and friend. He was a joy to be around and will be missed by the Buckeye family.” –Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, Ohio State guard (2002-05)
“Brent was a great basketball player, but an even better person. He will be truly missed.” — Matt Sylvester, Ohio State forward (2003-06)