Previous Kentucky men’s b-ball player Terrence Clarke, who pronounced for the NBA Draft in March, died in an auto accident in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 19.
Clarke was leaving an exercise when the accident happened about 5:10 p.m. ET (2:10 p.m. PT), a sergeant in the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division told Lexington, Ky., TV channel WKYT.
As per the sergeant, Clarke was going at a high pace on Winnetka Avenue when he passed through a red light and slammed his vehicle into a vehicle that was turning left. Clarke’s vehicle at that point struck a post and a square divider. The sergeant added that Clarke was not wearing his safety belt appropriately and was distant from everyone else in his vehicle.
Clarke was moved to Northridge Hospital where he was articulated dead, police said.
Kentucky mentor John Calipari said he was “totally gutted and wiped out” in the wake of finding out about Clarke’s passing.
“A youngster who we as a whole love has recently lost his life too early, one with the entirety he had always wanted and trusts in front of him,” Calipari said in a readied articulation. “Terrence Clarke was an excellent child, somebody who possessed the room with his character, grin and satisfaction. Individuals inclined toward him, and to hear we have lost him is only hard for us all to fathom at this moment. We are all in stun.”
Calipari said that he was en route to Los Angeles to be with Clarke’s mom and sibling.
The 6-7 Clarke joined Kentucky last season subsequent to finishing his prep profession at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The Boston local was evaluated a five-star prospect out of secondary school. He arrived at the midpoint of 9.6 focuses, 2.6 bounce back and 2.0 takes per game in his solitary university season. A leg injury restricted him to eight games.
Clarke marked with Klutch Sports Group, LeBron James’ portrayal group, on Wednesday. Klutch CEO Rich Paul affirmed Clarke’s demise to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday night.
“He was a fantastic, dedicated youngster. He was energized for what was in front of him and prepared to satisfy his fantasies,” Paul said in an explanation to Wojnarowski.
Celtics mentor Brad Stevens was shaken subsequent to seeing an early, unconfirmed report.
“Those children are critical to us here and despite the fact that I never met him, my child admires him,” Stevens said, per The Boston Globe, after the Celtics’ down versus the Suns. “It’s difficult to discuss a ball game with even the possibility that that is skimming out there. I supplicate that that is false, but rather, no doubt. Sorry.”
Another previous Kentucky player, Brandon Boston, apparently was driving in a different vehicle behind Clarke’s vehicle at the hour of the accident. Boston had worked out with Clarke on Thursday. A source told the Los Angeles Daily News that Boston was “Alright.” Boston is additionally a new Klutch customer.