The University of Kentucky lost one of its most promising basketball stars yesterday when 19-year-old Wildcat shooting guard Terrence Clarke was killed in a Los Angeles car crash. The legendary Kentucky men’s head coach John Calipari said on social media, “I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight… Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy… I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can.” Just one day earlier, the 2020 five-star recruit officially signed with Rich Paul‘s Klutch Media in preparation for the 2021 NBA draft.
According to WKYT, Clarke was driving from a finished workout with fellow former Wildcat and Klutch Media signee Brandon “BJ” Boston Jr. (who was not with Clarke at the the time of the accident). Clarke’s car then reportedly ran through a red light at the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Nordhoff Street around 2:10 P.T, and his vehicle then collided with another car that was turning left at the same moment. The impact sent Clarke’s car spinning into a pole and a block wall. He was the only person in his car but was allegedly not wearing his seatbelt at the time.
Clarke’s untimely passing has triggered an outpouring of emotion, and NBA stars like Donovan Mitchell, Draymond Green, and Jaylen Brown have expressed their shock and sadness over the news. Clarke was especially loved in his hometown of Boston, Mass., and Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ son Brady admired Clarke, according to Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith. Stevens accordingly ended his postgame conference early upon hearing the news.
Rich Paul also shared his condolences on behalf of Klutch Media. “We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. He was an incredible, hard-working young man,” his statement read. “He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams… Our prayers go out to Terrence and his family, who ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
The CASSIUS family also extends our sympathies to the family of Terrence Clarke and the U of K community for its tragic loss. The sports world is currently paying its respects:
The Sports World Pays Their Condolences To Kentucky Basketball Player Terrence Clarke
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Rest In Peace Terrence Clarke...wow thank you for spreading your light on and off court brother ! pic.twitter.com/WJkzJ109LR— Josh(ua) Christopher (@Jaygup23) April 23, 2021
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I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. I ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence Clarke and his family. May he Rest In Peace. https://t.co/a1E1gysxxi pic.twitter.com/1unTygk4Tt— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 23, 2021
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Rich Paul: “We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. He was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams..." https://t.co/YLZb0fSSV8— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 23, 2021
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Condolences to Terrence Clarke’s family. He had a bright future ahead but had already made a huge impact off the court in the City of Boston.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 23, 2021
RIP TC 💚 pic.twitter.com/xsfL1KZg7n
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Just yesterday, Terrence Clarke signed with Klutch Sports.— Joe Woods Is Not Good (@UKFREAK00) April 23, 2021
In 3 short months, he was going to realize his dream of being drafted into the NBA.
At 19 years old, he was killed in a car wreck.
Life it too damn short, y'all.
RIP, Terrence Clarke. pic.twitter.com/0tyLUGApZt
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Terrence Clarke was a Bostonian through and through. Born in Dorchester and grew up dreaming of playing for the Cs. Worked closely with Tatum and Brown, which he both idolised and said they were both big supporters for him— Joe (@jtmvp0) April 23, 2021
He’s pictured on the right celebrating at TD Garden ☹️ pic.twitter.com/VIolE489l1
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will forever be my favorite Terrence Clarke video.. RIP man.. kid was beyond gifted pic.twitter.com/SGe7ERnNok— pink lemonade guru. (@HodgessTheGreat) April 23, 2021
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Rest In Peace Terrence Clarke 🙏🏽😢 absolutely devastating to say the least— Cassius Stanley (@cassius_stanley) April 23, 2021
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Damn. RIP Terrence Clarke 🙏🏾— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 23, 2021
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Rest In Peace Terrence Clarke— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) April 23, 2021
Keep the Clarke family in your prayers 🙏🏾 https://t.co/I0nkTbEDIu
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😭😭😭 I love you lil bro 💔 https://t.co/Qc56iX05fp— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) April 23, 2021
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Devastated 💔💔💔 R.I.P T Clarke. Praying for his loved ones 🙏🏿🙏🏿— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 23, 2021
Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Star Terrence Clarke Dead at 19 Following Car Crash was originally published on cassiuslife.com