Devin Butts, a 22-year-old men’s basketball player at North Carolina Central University, passed away on Friday, leaving the entire university community in shock. He was a student-athlete and a member of the NCCU men’s basketball team, and his sudden death has deeply affected his teammates, coaches, and fans.
The university shared the news of Devin’s passing on Saturday, stating that he was a native of Macon, Georgia, and was on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences this summer. Devin was a forward on the men’s basketball team for the 2022-2023 season and wore the number 52. Before joining NCCU, he played for New Mexico Junior College, Louisiana, and Mississippi State.
Devin was remembered fondly by his teammates, coaches, and athletic staff. In a message to the NCCU family, the university expressed their deep sadness over the loss of such a bright and talented young man. “Devin will always be remembered as an incredible teammate that had an infectious smile at all times. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family and those who were blessed to know him,” said NCCU men’s basketball head coach LeVelle Moton.
The sudden passing of Devin has been a devastating tragedy for the NCCU community. His death has left many in shock, and the university has offered counseling resources to students, faculty, and staff who may need them. Students who would like to speak with a counselor can call the NCCU Counseling Center’s 24-hour line, while faculty and staff may utilize the ComPsych guidance resources on the university’s HR page.
The university plans to release additional information regarding Devin’s funeral services, which will be shared with the campus community when available. In the meantime, the NCCU community has been encouraged to keep Devin’s family, teammates, and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Devin’s passing is a tragic reminder of the importance of mental health and the need to prioritize self-care. As student-athletes face the pressures of academics, sports, and personal lives, it’s essential that they have access to resources and support systems to help them manage stress and maintain their mental health.
The NCCU community has come together to mourn the loss of a beloved member, and Devin’s legacy will undoubtedly live on. His passion for basketball and dedication to his team will always be remembered, and his impact on the NCCU community will not be forgotten.
As the NCCU community grieves, we must remember to cherish the time we have with our loved ones and prioritize our mental and emotional well-being. Devin’s memory will continue to inspire us to work harder, be kinder, and appreciate every moment of our lives. Rest in peace, Devin Butts.