BASKETBALL player Terrence Clarke tragically passed away a day after signing with a top sport’s agency.
The 19-year-old was reportedly preparing for the NBA draft prior to his death.
What college basketball team did Terrence Clarke play for?
Terrence Clarke played his freshman season with the University of Kentucky.
He started Kentucky’s first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by a career-best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on December 6, 2020.
The injury ultimately sidelined him for the entire Southeastern Conference regular-season schedule.
He returned to post three assists and two points off the bench in the Wildcats SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State that ended a 9-16 season.
Was Terrence Clarke going to the NBA?
Clarke had goals to make it to the NBA and announced his decision to enter the draft on March 19, 2021.
He had previously played in the 2020 draft but was in for just eight games due to a right leg injury.
Clarke was also close to the Boston Celtic’s coach’s son because he was from the same city.
The pair reportedly frequented the same social circles.
What happened to Terrence Clarke?
Clarke was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles on April 22, 2021.
His car collided with a truck after “running a red light” at “high speed”, according to an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The city’s Fire Department was first on the scene and 6 foot 7 inch Clarke was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
The university announced Clarke’s death in a news release but did not include any more details.
Coach Calipari said he was “absolutely gutted and sick” and called the player a “beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy”.
“We are all in shock,” Calipari said.
Adding: “I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can.
“This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens heard reports about the crash and Clarke’s death shortly after his team beat the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
Clarke was familiar to the Celtics, their players and even Steven’s son.
Stevens said: “Not sure how much I want to talk about the game, when you consider he’s a Boston kid … those kids are important to us here.
“I never met him. My son looks up to him. Hard to talk about a basketball game.”
Clarke is survived by his parents, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and his three siblings: Tatyana Gray, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne.