Terrence Clarke, former Kentucky participant and NBA Draft prospect, killed in automotive crash in Los Angeles
Former Kentucky males’s basketball participant Terrence Clarke, who declared for the NBA Draft in March, died in a automotive crash in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 19.
Clarke was leaving a exercise when the crash occurred about 5:10 p.m. ET (2:10 p.m. PT), a sergeant within the LAPD’s Valley Visitors Division informed Lexington, Ky., tv station WKYT.
Based on the sergeant, Clarke was touring at a excessive fee of velocity on Winnetka Avenue when he drove by means of a purple mild and crashed his car right into a automotive that was turning left. Clarke’s automotive then struck a pole and a block wall. The sergeant added that Clarke was not carrying his seat belt correctly and was alone in his car.
Clarke was transported to Northridge Hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless, police mentioned.
Kentucky coach John Calipari mentioned he was “completely gutted and sick” after studying about Clarke’s dying.
“A youngster who all of us love has simply misplaced his life too quickly, one with all of his desires and hopes forward of him,” Calipari mentioned in a ready assertion. “Terrence Clarke was a gorgeous child, somebody who owned the room together with his persona, smile and pleasure. Individuals gravitated to him, and to listen to we’ve misplaced him is simply arduous for all of us to understand proper now. We’re all in shock.”
Calipari mentioned that he was on his method to Los Angeles to be with Clarke’s mom and brother.
The 6-7 Clarke joined Kentucky final season after finishing his prep profession at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The Boston native was rated a five-star prospect out of highschool. He averaged 9.6 factors, 2.6 rebounds and a pair of.0 steals per recreation in his lone collegiate season. A leg damage restricted him to eight video games.
Clarke signed with Klutch Sports activities Group, LeBron James’ illustration workforce, on Wednesday. Klutch CEO Wealthy Paul confirmed Clarke’s dying to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday evening.
“He was an unbelievable, hard-working younger man. He was excited for what was forward of him and able to fulfill his desires,” Paul mentioned in a press release to Wojnarowski.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens was shaken after seeing an early, unconfirmed report.
“These youngsters are necessary to us right here and despite the fact that I by no means met him, my son appears as much as him,” Stevens mentioned, per The Boston Globe, after the Celtics’ recreation vs. the Suns. “It is arduous to speak a couple of basketball recreation with even the concept that that is floating on the market. I pray that that is not true, however, yeah. Sorry.”
One other former Kentucky participant, Brandon Boston, reportedly was driving in a separate car behind Clarke’s automotive on the time of the crash. Boston had labored out with Clarke on Thursday. A supply informed the Los Angeles Each day Information that Boston was “OK.” Boston can be a latest Klutch shopper.