Emmett, the No. 35 pick in the 2004 NBA draft, played for the Memphis Grizzlies and (then New Jersey) Nets. He also played for several NBA developmental league teams and spent much of his career overseas.
Most recently Emmett played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league, which features many former NBA players.
The league wrote on Twitter: “The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett. Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face. His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around. Off the court, Dre was passionate about helping young people through his Dreams Really Exist foundation. We are simply heartbroken by this devastating loss. Our thoughts are with Andre’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Emmett played at Texas Tech all four years (2000-04) under Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, where he became the second-leading scorer in program history.
“Thank you for the competitor you were on the court and the incredible person you were off of it,” Texas Tech Basketball wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create. Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family. Rest In Peace, Dre.”