UK men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke dies in Los Angeles
(WYMT) - Our sister station WKYT has confirmed former UK men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke has died in Los Angeles.
Sources tell WKYT the NBA Draft prospect was killed in a crash after reportedly working out with BJ Boston. This was also confirmed that with the Valley Traffic Division of Los Angeles Police.
The sergeant says the accident happened at 2:10 Pacific Time on Winnetka Avenue.
LAPD says Clarke was traveling at a high rate of speed when he ran a red light, hit another car turning left, and continued on to then hit a pole and block wall. Police say Clarke was not wearing his seatbelt properly.
Police say he was the only person in the car. They also say he was taken to Northridge Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say he was the only person in the car. The driver in the car Clarke collided with was not injured.
Boston was reportedly in a car behind him and was not injured.
Clarke and Boston had both recently signed with the same agent, Klutch Sports.
“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a release from the university. “A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.
“Terrence’s teammates and brothers loved him and are absolutely devastated. They know we are here for them for whatever they need.
“I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can. This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”
“We are stunned by this sudden, heartbreaking tragedy,” added Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Terrence was a young man who was so full of life and so full of promise. We hurt and grieve with his family, his friends, and his teammates and coaches, and our prayers are with all of them in this unimaginable loss.”
Clarke is survived by his parents, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and his three siblings, Tatyana Gray, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne.
Clarke’s teammates and friends have posted their thoughts and prayers on Twitter.
In March, the freshman announced he planned to submit his name for the 2021 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining eligibility.
Clarke was limited to eight games in the 2020-21 season – seven in nonconference play and one in the SEC Tournament – because of a right leg injury. He made six starts and averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
The 6-foot-7 guard scored in double figures in four of his first five games and was shooting 49.1% prior to the North Carolina game when he suffered his leg injury. Clarke played through the injury vs. UNC and the next game at Louisville before being sidelined for the conference season.
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