University of Kentucky Basketball Player Headed for NBA Draft Dies in Car Crash

University of Kentucky freshman basketball standout Terrence Clarke, who was headed to the NBA draft and signed with Klutch Sports, passed away after a car crash on Thursday (April 22) afternoon.

According to ESPN, Clarke had left a workout in L.A. with UK teammate BJ Boston, who was following behind him. Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. John Matassa, who works in the Valley Traffic Division, stated that Clarke ran a red light going “at a very high rate of speed.”

Matassa stated, “The incident was captured on surveillance video. He collided with another vehicle that was preparing to make a left-hand turn. He struck the vehicle, hit a street light pole and ultimately hit a block wall. He was transported to Northridge Hospital and was later pronounced deceased as a result of the collision.” Matassa added that Clark wasn’t properly wearing his seatbelt.

Kentucky coach John Calipari reacted to the news in a statement that reads, “I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. 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.”

Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul also released a statement, “We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. Terrence 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.”

Source: ESPN

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