BASKETBALL star Terrence Clarke was killed in a horror car crash in Los Angeles just a day after signing up with one of the top sports agencies.
The 19-year-old, who declared himself for the NBA draft in March 2021 after playing his freshman season for the University of Kentucky, was a promising shooting guard and was promised to become one of the sports’ new stars.
Who was Terrence Clarke?
Clarke was a rising basketball ace who had entered the NBA draft, having only played eight games in the 2020 season due to a right leg injury.
He averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Clarke was from Boston and had recently completed her freshman season in the UK.
He was reportedly preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft.
Clarke started Kentucky’s first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by career best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on December 6.
The injury ultimately sidelined him for the Southeastern Conference regular season schedule, though he returned to post three assists and two points off the bench in the Wildcats SEC tournament defeat to Mississippi State that ended a season. 9-16.
Despite her limited action, Clarke announced her decision to enter the NBA draft on March 19 and said in a statement that she did not expect to be injured.
But he understood that it was part of the game and thanked Calipari and teammates among the many.
Celtics manager Brad Stevens heard about Clarkes’ accident and death shortly after his team beat the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
Clarke was familiar to the Celtics, their players and even Steven’s son.
“I’m not sure how much I want to talk about the game, considering he’s a kid from Boston … those guys are important to us here,” said Stevens.
“I’ve never met him. My son looks at him. Hard to talk about a basketball game.”
What happened to Terrence Clarke?
The promising shooting guard’s vehicle collided with a truck after “turning on a red light” at “high speed,” according to a LAPD officer.
City firefighters were first on the scene and 6-foot-7 Clarke was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries on Thursday, April 22.
The university announced Clarke’s death in a press release but did not include any further details.
Kentucky ‘Wildcats’ manager John Calipari said he was “absolutely gutted and sick” and called the player a “beautiful guy, someone who owns the room with his personality, his smile and his joy”.
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We’re all in shock, Calipari said. “I am going to Los Angeles to be with his mother and brother to help where I can.
“This will be a difficult time for everyone who knows and loves Terence, and I would like to ask everyone to take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terence and his family. May he rest in peace.”
Clarke leaves her parents, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and her three siblings: Tatyana Gray, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne.