Former Kentucky Wildcats player Terrence Clarke, only 19 years old, died in a traffic accident in Los Angeles, California, where he was preparing his assault on the NBA Draft next season. The tragedy has shaken the universe of professional basketball in the United States, which has lost one of its great promises suddenly.
“Tonight I feel sore and sick”, explained the Wildcats coach John calipari. “A young person whom we all loved has lost his life too soon, a life that had all his hopes and dreams ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a wonderful kid, someone who filled the room with his personality, smile and joy. “
According to information collected by the ESPN, the vehicle Clarke was driving ran a red light at high speed and collided with another that was going to turn to the left. Then he hit a light pole and a wall. The accident was recorded on video surveillance cameras and the player died at Northridge Hospital as a result of the impact.
According to what the police told the ESPN, the 19-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.
The former Kentucky Wildcats baseman announced last month that he was going to appear in the NBA Draft this season and had just signed a contract with Klutch Sports, the talent agency run by Rich Paul, friend and agent of LeBron James among many other stars. The Lakers star said goodbye to Clarke, whom he called “nephew,” via Instagram:
Although this season with Kentucky he could only play seven matches with discrete averages of 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2 assists, NBA scouts had focused on a player they saw with a lot of potential to make the leap and triumph in the American league: some experts ranked him as the second best base available and the eighth best player of the 2021 Draft.
Early projections placed the player in a first-round mid or final pick after his only injury-ridden college year.
Clarke, born in Boston, had had a relationship with several of the Celtics stars, who were speechless before the terrible news. “It is very, very hard. Hard momment”, Kembla Walker commented after the win against the Suns. The 19-year-old had trained several times with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and it was a well-known name among all the members of the staff.
“We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke,” shared Paul in a statement. “He was an incredible, hard-working young man. I was excited for what was ahead and prepared to fulfill his dreams ”.
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