Waiting to return

CLEMSON - Just three days after his surgery, the timetable for Demontez Stitt's return to action is an unknown.

The senior point guard from Matthews, N.C. underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following Clemson's 75-69 Sunday loss at Florida State.

"They went in and cleaned some stuff out underneath my knee cap and took out a little bit of fluid, sort of repaired a little bit where they did surgery before," Stitt said.

At one point, his knee had been drained twice in one week.

"It wasn't really sharp pain, hurting. It was more it felt like a lot of pressure was on my knee, because of the fluid that was under my kneecap," Stitt said.

He was told by doctors that recovery times will vary from person to person.

"It depends on your body and how it reacts," Stitt said.

For now, he's allowed to do some light jogging and shooting, but is still without full range of motion in the knee.

"Right now, I'm just taking it slow. I don't want to aggravate it or anything like that," Stitt said.

The team's leading scorer (13.8) hopes to provide energy in other places while he's on the sideline.

Stitt remembers providing that kind of a spark as a freshman, when he was sidelined for a couple of games after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

"When you're not out there, you want to do as much as you can to help, whether it's helping guys on the sideline and talking to guys," Stitt said.

He missed two ACC games last season after suffering a foot injury.

The injuries are frustrating, to say the least.

"I'm a competitor, so I want to be out there playing," Stitt said.

Head coach Brad Brownell would love to have him on the floor, of course. Already low on numbers at guard, Brownell must continue to find ways to be creative with what he's got.

"I think there's a possibility that everybody could play and start," he said. "I don't have in my mind a definitive lineup. We're just kind of approaching day to day on how to do things. We've looked at a lot of different ways this week."

Clemson is back in action Friday night when Savannah State visits Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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