Kentucky says that freshman guard and 2021 NBA Draft prospect Terrence Clarke, 19, has passed away following a car accident in Los Angeles.
The NBA mourns the tragic passing of Terrence Clarke, a beloved member of the University of Kentucky basketball program. Terrence was preparing to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/IEYJ1gPglQ- NBA (@NBA) April 23, 2021
The school announced Clarke's death in a release on Thursday night, with head coach John Calipari also issuing a statement.
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
Clarke, a 6-foot-7 guard from Dorchester, Massachusetts, entered the NBA Draft process just last month after averaging 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds at Kentucky in the 2020-21 season. His freshman season was limited to eight games due to a right leg injury.
Clarke started in all six of his first games at Kentucky, averaging 12.5 points as one of the team's leading scorers. Once he suffered his leg injury, he was forced to miss all of Southeast Conference play before returning for two games at the end of the season, one being in the SEC Tournament.
Clarke signed with Klutch Sports Group to prepare himself for the next level, with a number of members from the Klutch family sending their prayers to the Clarke family, including CEO Rich Paul and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.
With Clarke being born and raised in Boston, he shared a close relationship with Celtics players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. They, as well as head coach Brad Stevens, also extended their prayers to the Clarke family.
They were of the many players in the NBA family to wish prayers around Clarke and his loved ones.
Today is a rough day for our Kentucky Family...RIP Terrence Clarke 🙏🏽- Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) April 23, 2021
T Clarke 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿- TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) April 23, 2021
😭😭😭 I love you lil bro 💔 https://t.co/Qc56iX05fp- Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) April 23, 2021
RIP Young King 😢 https://t.co/ggjcUVenRI- Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) April 23, 2021
Rest In Peace Terrance Clarke. I remember hoopin with him in the city when he was still in high school. He was destined for the league. Prayers up to him and his family 🙏🏽 gone way too soon.- CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 23, 2021
Man 🙏🏾💔 https://t.co/I9fZi7pzVv- 13am Adebayo💥 (@Bam1of1) April 23, 2021
Prayers sent to Terrance Clarke's family & friends.- Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) April 23, 2021
Hurts my soul hearing this news. 💔
R.I.P 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/R2B8XFleJK
Devastated 💔💔💔 R.I.P T Clarke. Praying for his loved ones 🙏🏿🙏🏿- Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 23, 2021
Rest Easy Terrence Clarke😞🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/yyAgoEIhcT- Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) April 23, 2021
Gone way too soon man 💔 pic.twitter.com/bj3sbPefhZ- Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) April 23, 2021
Rest In Peace Terrence Clarke- JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) April 23, 2021
Keep the Clarke family in your prayers 🙏🏾 https://t.co/I0nkTbEDIu
🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/8gqd6SOPTZ- Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 23, 2021
Rest easy. Prayers go out to your family. This one hurts. Our community and family's will continue to do right in your name. pic.twitter.com/ToYOlircJO- Michael Carter-Willi (@mcarterwilliams) April 23, 2021