LOS ANGELES (WNCN) — University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke has died after his involvement in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to the university and his professional sports agency.
Clarke, 19, had just signed with sports agent Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports on Wednesday after declaring for the NBA Draft in March.
Clarke was killed in a crash after working out with college teammate BJ Boston, sources say.
“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “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.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also confirmed the news after speaking with Paul Thursday evening.
“We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. He was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams,” Paul told Wojnarowski.
Last season, Clarke averaged 9.6 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game during Kentucky’s first seven games, including a career-high 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech. He was a five-star prospect coming out of high school.
The 6-foot-7 guard scored in double figures in four of his first five games and was shooting 49.1% prior to the North Carolina game, when he suffered his leg injury. Clarke played through the injury vs. UNC and the next game at Louisville before being sidelined for the conference season.
Clarke is survived by his parents, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and his three siblings, Tatyana Gray, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne.
“We are stunned by this sudden, heartbreaking tragedy,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Terrence was a young man who was so full of life and so full of promise. We hurt and grieve with his family, his friends, and his teammates and coaches, and our prayers are with all of them in this unimaginable loss.”