Kentucky Basketball Player Terrence Clarke Passes Away in Car Accident
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images. Pictured: Terrence Clarke
Kentucky men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke passed away on Thursday night.
Clarke died as a result of a car accident in Los Angeles, his agent Rich Paul confirmed to ESPN.
“We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke,” Paul said in a statement given to ESPN. “He was an incredible, hard-working young man. 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.”
It was earlier reported that Clarke was leaving a workout. Fellow Kentucky teammate B.J. Boston was at the workout but not involved in the accident, his former coach confirmed.
Clarke just finished his freshman season at Kentucky, where he averaged 9.6 points per game in just eight games due to injury. He declared for the NBA Draft in March and was ranked No. 72 overall on ESPN’s Big Board.
Clarke was a five-star shooting guard out of Boston, where he starred for Brewster Academy his senior year. The McDonald’s All-American chose Kentucky over Duke and UCLA, among others.
When asked about the news, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens addressed it by saying, “it’s hard to talk about basketball right now.”
#Celtics head coach Brad Stevens cuts his postgame press conference short after the team's win tonight after hearing the news about Terrence Clarke.
— Nick Coit (@NCoitABC6) April 23, 2021
Both Boston and Clarke had announced just one day prior to the accident on Wednesday that they had signed with Klutch Sports Agency to represent them in the NBA Draft.