Kentucky Wildcats Guard Terrence Clarke Dies at 19

by Evan Reier

On the evening of April 22, the tragic news that Kentucky Wildcats basketball player Terrence Clarke died in Los Angeles. He was 19.

Clarke was an up-and-coming player who had just declared for the NBA Draft back in March. A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Clarke was highly touted and expected to go early in the NBA Draft.

According to local news station in Lexington, Kentucky WKYT, Clarke and fellow Kentucky Wildcats player BJ Boston were leaving a work out in Los Angeles.

The story was later confirmed by ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Terrence Clarke, a Kentucky freshman guard headed for the NBA Draft,” Wojnarowski tweeted. “Died following a car accident in the Los Angeles-area this afternoon, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. Clarke’s mother was at his side when he passed on Thursday. He was 19 years old.”

Terrence Clarke was born on September 6, 2001 and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He finished his high school career at Brewster Academy before committing his talents to the Kentucky Wildcats. He had received offers from several top schools around the country, such as UCLA, Duke and Memphis.

Major sites like ESPN and 24/7 Sports ranked Clarke all had the guard in their Top 10 of the 2020 prospect class. A 6’7″ shooting guard, Clarke possessed all the skills needed to play at the highest level, leading him to the Kentucky Wildcats.

However, injury kept Clarke on the side for much of this past season. In six starts, he put up 9.6 points, 2.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Fans Tribute Kentucky Wildcats Star Terrence Clarke

His time with the Wildcats was short, but many fans are heartbroken over the young man’s death. Being a prospect out of Boston also plays a factor, as many local basketball fans were rooting for Clarke to succeed.

Massachusetts State Representative Liz Miranda sums up what Clarke meant to the town.

“Sad day for Dorchester & Boston,” Miranda wrote in a tweet. “Literally Boston’s best athlete. He had a bright future ahead in the NBA. Rest in Power Terrence. This young man was so talented. Condolences.”

Another Boston local and Barstool Sports talent Coley Mick expressed the same sentiment. Clarke’s presence and importance to the Boston basketball scene was undeniable.

“The entire city was behind him, had been for a while, will continue to be. This really hurts”

In the same vein, fans and members of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball community are heartbroken to hear the news. A local sports radio host, Matt Jones, spoke out on the tragic occurence.

“Heartbreaking news now made official from WKYT Terrence Clarke has passed away. Prayers to his family on this terrible tragedy”

Fan account Kentucky Kalvary also shared how horrible it is to see the news.

“Looks like it’s confirmed. Terrence Clarke has passed away. Absolutely gut-wrenching. Way too soon. Tears in my eyes right now. Keep his family in your thoughts.”

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