Former Kentucky males’s basketball participant Terrence Clarke, who declared for the NBA Draft in March, died in a automobile 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 advised Lexington, Ky., television station WKYT.
In keeping with the sergeant, Clarke was touring at a excessive charge of pace on Winnetka Avenue when he drove by a crimson gentle and crashed his car right into a automobile that was turning left. Clarke’s automobile 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 useless, police stated.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he was “completely gutted and sick” after studying about Clarke’s demise.
“An adolescent who all of us love has simply misplaced his life too quickly, one with all of his desires and hopes forward of him,” Calipari stated in a ready assertion. “Terrence Clarke was a wonderful child, somebody who owned the room together with his character, smile and pleasure. Folks gravitated to him, and to listen to now we have misplaced him is simply onerous for all of us to understand proper now. We’re all in shock.”
Calipari stated that he was on his approach 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 sport in his lone collegiate season. A leg damage restricted him to eight video games.
Clarke signed with Klutch Sports Group, LeBron James’ illustration group, on Wednesday. Klutch CEO Wealthy Paul confirmed Clarke’s death to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday night time.
“He was an unbelievable, hard-working younger man. He was excited for what was forward of him and able to fulfill his desires,” Paul said in a statement to Wojnarowski.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens was shaken after seeing an early, unconfirmed report.
“These youngsters are vital to us right here and though I by no means met him, my son appears as much as him,” Stevens said, per The Boston Globe, after the Celtics’ sport vs. the Suns. “It is onerous to speak a couple of basketball sport with even the concept 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 automobile on the time of the crash. Boston had labored out with Clarke on Thursday. A supply told the Los Angeles Daily News that Boston was “OK.” Boston can be a latest Klutch shopper.