Kentucky men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke has died


LOS ANGELES – Kentucky male basketball player Terrence Clarke died Thursday after suffering fatal injuries in a car crash in Los Angeles. He was 19 years old.

Clarke had recently completed his first season in the UK and was preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft.

“I’m absolutely drained and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John calipari mentionned. “A youngster we all love just lost his life too soon, one with all his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful child, someone who owned the room with his personality, his smile and his joy. People have turned to him, and hearing that we have lost him is just hard for all of us to understand right now. We are all in shock.

“Terrence’s teammates and brothers loved him and are absolutely devastated. They know we are there for them for whatever they need.

“I’m on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mom and brother to help wherever I can. It will be a difficult time for all who know and love Terrence, and I would ask everyone to take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace. “

Clarke announced in March that he was chasing his dream of playing professional basketball and had declared himself for the NBA Draft. Although he missed most of the 2020-21 season with injury, Clarke has remained a talented prospect with a bright future.

“We are stunned by this sudden and heartbreaking tragedy,” said Mitch barnhart, Director of Athletics UK. “Terrence was a young man so full of life and so full of promise. We hurt and mourn with his family, friends, teammates and coaches, and our prayers are with them all in this unimaginable loss.

Clarke was limited to eight games in his lone season with Kentucky in 2020-21 due to a right leg injury. He made six starts and averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

“As a teenager, having the privilege of donning the Kentucky uniform and playing for the BBN has always been one of my lifelong goals,” Clarke said last month when he was declared for the NBA Draft. “Although it was hampered by things beyond my control, the experience is something that I will keep with me forever. I have grown a lot with this experience and I will never take it for granted. … Thank you. to Coach Cal, the coaches and my teammates! BBN, I hope to make you all proud by pursuing my dreams. “

The 6-foot-7 guard has scored in double digits in four of his first five games and shot 49.1% heading into the North Carolina game, when he sustained a leg injury. Clarke played during the injury against UNC and the next game at Louisville before being sidelined for conference season.

Despite missing more than two months of action, Clarke struggled to provide support and depth to his teammates in the Southeastern Conference tournament game against Mississippi State.

Clarke’s highlights on the UK pitch included a 22-point, three-assist game against Georgia Tech in early December. He was 9 of 14 off the floor with three 3 points. Clarke also scored 15 points and caught six rebounds against Richmond, posted 14 points with three assists against Notre Dame and made his college debut with 12 points, four assists and three steals in the rout at Morehead State.

Clarke signed with Kentucky from Boston as one of the top prospects in the 2020 high school class. Consensual five-star prospect, he was ranked 8th in the Rivals’ final standings.

England’s 2020 England Prep School Sports Council Player of the Year led Brewster Academy to the 2019 National Prep Championships and sent his team back to the 2020 final before the COVID-19 pandemic ‘cancels the rest of the event.

Clarke is survived by her parents, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and her three siblings, Tatyana Gray, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne.




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