This is how NBA stars reacted to the tragic death of NBA’s “Next Big Thing” Terrence Clarke

NBA 2021: Former Kentucky men’s basketball star Terrence Clarke died following a car crash in Los Angeles on Thursday, his agent, Rich Paul, confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Clarke was 19 years old.

Clarke was a 6’7″ guard who averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in eight games with Kentucky, and was assumed to play a vital part before an unlucky ankle injury ended his regular season in late December.

I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement. “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 Clarke, Kentucky basketball player and NBA prospect, has died  following a car accident in LA - CNN

The Boston resident was working out in Southern California, training for the 2021 NBA draft preceding the crash. After one season with the Wildcats, Clarke declared he was turning pro and contracting with an agent.

News of Clarke’s death was immediately felt across both college and pro basketball with many taking to Twitter to mourn the loss.

This is how NBA stars and others reacted to his death

After being labeled as a McDonald’s All-American in high school, Clarke chose Kentucky over proposals from Baylor, UConn, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, UCLA, Duke, Michigan, and Villanova.

In declaring his choice to turn pro, Clarke said having the possibility to represent the Wildcats was a “lifelong goal” and the event was one he would keep with him permanently.

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