Former Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke dies in car crash at age 19

Terrence Clarke [NBA Getty Images]

Kentucky says that freshman guard and 2021 NBA Draft prospect Terrence Clarke, 19, has passed away following a car accident in Los Angeles.

The school announced Clarke's death in a release on Thursday night, with head coach John Calipari also issuing a statement.

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.

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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.

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They were of the many players in the NBA family to wish prayers around Clarke and his loved ones.

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